In 1999, the U.S. National Health Observances calendar was updated to designate the week of Thanksgiving as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Awareness Week. What is this condition, and why does it merit a national awareness week, especially one that includes America’s holiday centered on eating?
GERD is a digestive disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the muscle that connects the esophagus with the stomach. When functionally properly, the LES opens briefly when you swallow food and quickly closes after allowing food to pass from the esophagus to the stomach. In GERD, the LES malfunctions and allows food and stomach acid to flow back (reflux) into the esophagus. Read more >>
A recent study indicates that statins, the cholesterol-reducing drugs taken by millions of Americans, may have the added benefit of reducing the risk of developing esophageal cancer (cancer of the esophagus). Read more >>
Digestive health is affected by age, genetics and personal habits — all the more reason to know the ways in which you can improve your daily eating routine and digestive lifestyle. Here are 10 of the worst digestive health habits and why they are so bad for you: Read more >>
Brachytherapy is our newest tool in the treatment of esophageal cancer. Read more >>
Here comes the burn: You have just finished a great meal or you lay down to rest and you are hit with that uncomfortable, burning sensation in your chest. Although commonly called heartburn, it really doesn’t involve the heart.
The increasing prevalence of eosinophilic esophagitis (EE) has presented gastroenterologists with this decade’s major challenge for diagnosis.
EE is sometimes confused with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) because the symptoms of the diseases are so similar.
EE has been detected in all ages and on every continent, except Africa. Our team here at Gastrointestinal Associates (GIA) is familiar with the latest research on EE and has experience treating the disease.
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