December 27, 2006 |
Older people who take heartburn drugs such as Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid and Protonix for long periods have a significantly increased risk of hip fractures, possibly because the drugs block calcium absorption, Pennsylvania researchers reported today. The drugs, which block production of acid in the stomach, are among the most widely used in the United States, with combined annual sales of more than $10 billion.
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May 24, 2006 |
Nearly 1,300 inmates at nine California prisons have been stricken with gastroenteritis, according to corrections officials, who remain stumped by the source of the bacterial outbreak. Some inmates have been hospitalized, but most have been treated in their cells for vomiting, fever, headaches, diarrhea and cramping caused by Campylobacter bacteria. A small number of staff members also have become ill.
April 19, 2004 |
You get home from work late with a pepperoni pizza in your arms. You sit down, shake some chili pepper flakes onto the pizza and begin to indulge, washing down the pizza with a beer or two. Perhaps you top it off with a cup of coffee. It's late, and so you head to bed. Bad move. You may pay for your late-night indulgence, waking up in the wee hours with heartburn, the hallmark of acid reflux, or what doctors call GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease. Your biggest mistake?
August 2, 2003 |
Snacks made with the fake fat olestra no longer will have to bear the unappetizing label that warned they might cause cramps and diarrhea. The Food and Drug Administration lifted the warning Friday, concluding that if the zero-calorie fat substitute has any stomach-troubling effect, it is mild and rare. The FDA approved olestra's sale in 1996, providing packages bore labels spelling out possible gastrointestinal side effects.
March 12, 2001 |
My wife and I are at a large newsstand, one of those places that sells every magazine published on the planet. We drift apart, browsing. I wander over to a certain section, where I spy a publication that piques my interest, though I don't want anyone to see me reading it. I turn my back, leaf through the pages, wide-eyed. I've never seen anything quite like this. Suddenly, I'm startled by my wife's voice. "Honey," she asks, "why are you reading Digestive Health and Nutrition?"
February 1, 1999 |
Is this your life? * You have to clear your throat frequently. * You have trouble swallowing. * You have a sore throat often. * You have a chronic sour taste in your mouth. If you experience one or more of these symptoms, you might have gastroesophageal reflux disease, or acid reflux. The condition is annoying, yes, but not life-threatening. There are a number of things you can do to ease the symptoms, but understanding the problem comes first.