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2010-04-12 12:00:00

GREENWICH, Conn., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Mederi Therapeutics Inc. announces the US release of the Stretta System for treatment of GERD. Stretta Therapy is a minimally invasive procedure that treats a debilitating condition that affects tens of millions of Americans. Stretta Therapy delivers radiofrequency (RF) energy to the muscles of the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES), the valve that separates the stomach from the esophagus. Stretta tightens and restores the function of this valve,...

2009-11-19 10:14:19

Contrary to current thinking, a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) might not develop as a direct result of acidic digestive juices burning the esophagus, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found in an animal study. Rather, gastroesophageal reflux spurs the esophageal cells to release chemicals called cytokines, which attract inflammatory cells to the esophagus. It is those inflammatory cells, drawn to the esophagus by cytokines, that cause the esophageal...

2009-10-26 22:04:10

Boston Medical Center (BMC) surgeons are now offering patients an incisionless alternative to laparoscopic and traditional surgery for treatment of acid reflux or GERD. Using the new procedure known as EsophyX TIF (Transoral Incisionless Fundaplication), surgeons can repair or reconstruct the valve between the esophagus and stomach, effectively stopping GERD. BMC is the only hospital in New England offering this new treatment. GERD, also referred to as chronic heartburn, is reflux and...

2009-10-26 13:43:00

CHICAGO, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- What: A Chicago woman will be among the first in the country to undergo a new incision-less, endoscopic procedure that could get rid of Gastrointestinal Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) forever. The procedure, called TIF, is performed transorally, through the mouth. After navigating an endoscope through the body, the doctor uses a device to...

2009-10-23 13:31:45

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is the most common esophageal disorder, and frequently encountered in the primary care setting. Accumulating evidence has confirmed the excellent efficacy and safety of proton pump inhibitor (PPI) therapy in patients with all grades of GERD, making these agents the mainstay of treatment. However, the possible impact of changes in body weight(BW) or body mass index (BMI) in reflux patients while on long-term PPI therapy has not been examined. A clinical...

2009-09-01 10:34:43

There has been much debate about the relationship between gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and sleep. Three new studies in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology explore GERD's effect on sleep quality and the health-care system as well as how a widely prescribed sleeping pill may mask the disease. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology is the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute.GERD is a commonly occurring condition in the U.S., with more...

2009-08-01 08:45:20

Patient satisfaction with their medications and the quality of interactions with their doctor reflect the success of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) therapy, according to a new study in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute. "Although patient satisfaction is a complex issue, improvements in recognition of GERD can improve management of the disease as well as patient satisfaction with their care and...

2009-08-01 08:27:02

Gastroesophageal reflux diseases , or GERD, affects about 10 million people in the United States, yet the cause and an unexpected increase in its prevalence over the last three decades remains unexplainable. Now, researchers have discovered that GERD is associated with global alteration of the microbiome in the esophagus. The findings, reported in the August 1, 2009 issue of Gastroenterology, may provide for the foundation for further study of the condition as a microecological disease with...

2009-06-02 07:00:00

WILMINGTON, Del., June 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Two studies from AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN) show that symptomatic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) patients treated with NEXIUM(R) (esomeprazole magnesium) 20 mg daily experienced greater relief from nighttime heartburn and GERD-related sleep disturbances compared with patients taking placebo over four weeks(1). NEXIUM 20 mg is indicated for the treatment of heartburn and other symptoms associated with GERD. NEXIUM, in a class of drugs...

2009-04-03 12:48:00

ST. PAUL, Minn., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Torax Medical Inc., a medical device company focused on the minimally invasive treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) has commenced a pivotal clinical trial of its LINX(TM) Reflux Management System. The trial, which is being conducted at 15 leading academic and private medical centers in the U.S. and Europe, will evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the LINX System in patients suffering from GERD despite medical therapy. GERD is...


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