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Acid reflux raises serious health concerns
Acid reflux raises serious health concerns

President Obama may have joked with reporters when they asked how his throat was feeling after he was diagnosed with acid reflux, but acid reflux can be a serious health threat. Up to 20% of Americans suffer from typical symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux two times per week, says Gilbert Simoni, a gastroenterologist in Thousand Oaks. For most of these people, the fiery sensation of heartburn is a painful nuisance. For an unlucky few, however, persistent acid reflux can lead to a deadly cancer of the esophagus. Mindy Mintz Mordecai's husband, Monte Mordecai, was one of the unlucky ones. Mintz Mordecai herself had suffered from typical heartburn symptoms of reflux disease. But the only...

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