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2009-12-17 14:05:08

Holiday celebrations and food go hand and hand, and sometimes heartburn isn't far behind. Taking an over-the-counter antacid could do the trick, but doctors at Baylor College of Medicine say relying on them could put you in danger. "If you are taking an over-the-counter antacid on a daily basis, you have more than just occasional holiday-related heartburn," said Dr. Waqar Qureshi, associate professor of medicine and chief of endoscopy at BCM. "If that is the case, you should see a doctor."...

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...

2009-11-17 14:37:31

The popular heartburn drugs Prilosec and Nexium can reduce by nearly half the blood thinning effect of the drug Plavix, said officials with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday. Plavix, known generically as clopidogrel, is an anti-clotting drug taken by millions of Americans to reduce risks of heart attack and stroke. Nexium and Prilosec belong to a class of heartburn medications known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Regulators said the key ingredient PPIs blocks an...

2009-11-17 07:00:00

CINCINNATI, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of Procter & Gamble Co.'s sponsorship of Team USA at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Pepto-Bismol® announced today it will provide all Team USA members with new Pepto-Bismol Chewable Tablets with InstaCool(TM). Pepto-Bismol Chewable Tablets with InstaCool technology is an innovative new product that provides an instant cooling sensation to signify relief is on the way. "We know that no one wants to be slowed...

2009-11-12 07:00:00

CINCINNATI, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The National Football League, Prilosec OTC® and Pro-Football Hall-of-Fame Member John Madden announced today the creation of the first annual Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award presented by Prilosec OTC. The award will celebrate the important role linemen play in their team's success and honor the NFL's best offensive linemen based on their 2009 regular season performance. While most attention is typically focused on more...

2009-11-12 04:20:00

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- While most adults have likely experienced the uncomfortable symptoms of heartburn at least once, for the 50 million American adults who suffer from frequent heartburn(1) two or more days per week, the condition is not only painful, it can also impact their quality of life. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20091112/NY09084 ) According to The Experience of Frequent Heartburn in America, 2009(2), a study of 1,075 frequent heartburn...

2009-11-12 00:45:00

BASEL, Switzerland, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Novartis announced the availability of Prevacid®24HR (lansoprazole delayed-release capsules 15 mg/acid reducer) over-the-counter in pharmacies and retail stores across the US to treat frequent heartburn. Prevacid®24HR received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in May 2009. It is the first and only over-the-counter (OTC) Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) for the treatment of frequent heartburn in its...

2009-11-01 14:47:01

Despite being highly effective and beneficial for many patients, unexpected consequences are emerging in patients who are prescribed proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) for reflux diseases. Physicians are warned to monitor these effects and prescribe these medications carefully, according to a new commentary published in the November 2009 issue of Otolaryngology "“ Head and Neck Surgery. According to the authors, gastroesophageal reflux(GERD) and laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) are diseases...

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...

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2013-03-04 10:13:56

The esophagogastroduodenoscopy is a medical diagnostic procedure used in internal medicine to view the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract. This non-invasive procedure is used for many complaints and requires little to no time for recovery from the procedure. Reasons for the Procedure Patients present to their physician with physical complaints. For example, a patient may come into the office and say they have been feeling tired and forgetful. Through many tests and evaluations,...

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  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.