Acid Reflux News Roundup: Night Time Heartburn – Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) Lawsuit – New Cause of GERD

Night Time Heartburn

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There a number of advantages in sleeping on your left side, one of which is reducing the likelihood of night time heartburn. This is due to the way the stomach is positioned in relation to the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which controls food passing from the esophagus into the stomach. When working properly, the LES keeps the contents of the stomach, including acidic digestive juices, from back-flowing into the sensitive esophagus. This causes the burn of heartburn.

However, if the LES is weak, then the pressure of the stomach lying above it, as it does when you lie on your right side, could force acid into the esophagus.

Another way to reduce the burn with gravity is to invest in a wedge pillow, which raises the upper torso. Find out more, and see the best wedge pillows, here.

Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) Lawsuit

Lawsuits are being filed in the US alleging that drug manufacturers have intentionally withheld information about the risks of kidney damage from the use of certain PPI’s.

As many readers will know, Proton Pump Inhibitors are the principal drug of choice for doctors in controlling chronic acid reflux and heartburn. However, there have been a raft of studies in recent years highlighting the numerous side effects, which includes an increase in risks of kidney disease, heart attack, and pneumonia (See more here).

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Could This Be The Real Cause of GERD (Gastro Espohageal Reflux Disease)

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A study shows that in certain cases of GERD (Gastro Espohageal Reflux Disease – a chronic condition of the esophagus caused by long term reflux from the stomach resulting in chronic heartburn) damage to the esophagus is caused by inflammation from an immune reaction, not acid.

This opens up the possibility of new therapies to control the inflammation, and the adverse consequences of GERD, in future.

Further information can be found here.

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