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What’s the best sleep position to combat heartburn?

Published June 1, 2022

Among people with chronic heartburn, sleeping on the left side appears to help backed-up stomach acid leave the esophagus faster than sleeping on the right side or back, according to a study in the February 2022 issue of The American Journal of Gastroenterology.

Is it okay to use proton-pump inhibitors on demand?

Published June 1, 2022

When doctors say that it’s okay to take proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) "on demand" for chronic heartburn, the advice doesn’t apply to everyone. PPIs inhibit the production of stomach acid, which can back up into the esophagus and can cause pain (heartburn) and damage the lining of the esophagus. People with damage to the esophagus often stay on PPIs long-term to prevent further problems. People without damage to the esophagus can take a short course of PPIs as needed.

Warning: Older age makes you vulnerable to the summer heat

Published June 1, 2022

The ability to function relies on maintaining a core body temperature. In a hot environment, body temperature starts to rise and the body releases heat by sweating or by carrying blood away from the body’s core to the skin surface, where heat leaves the body. But those functions wane in older age. As a result, heat can build up, putting organs at risk for severe damage. To avoid such problems, it helps to stay hydrated; avoid going outside during the peak temperatures of the day; stay inside in an air-conditioned environment; and wear lightweight, light-colored clothing in warm weather.

Why do I itch more at night?

Published June 1, 2022

Nighttime skin itching can stem from dry skin, hormone changes, certain medications and skin care products, and rarely, a more serious illness. It can help to change bedding or pajamas, take short baths or showers, apply moisturizer liberally, and use a humidifier.

New recommendations for pneumococcal vaccination

Published June 1, 2022

In January 2022, the CDC published updated recommendations for vaccinating adults against pneumococcal disease and approved two new pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCVs).

Taking the air out of bloating

Published June 1, 2022

Everyone feels bloated at times after eating. Bloating is a feeling of tightness, fullness, or pressure in the belly that comes along with abdominal swelling and mild to intense pain. Excessive gas buildup from a sluggish digestive system and problems digesting certain foods are the leading causes. While most bloating goes away after a while, for regular occurrences, people should examine their diet for trigger foods and use over-the-counter anti-gas remedies as needed. In cases of frequent or extended bloating, a doctor should see if other problems are present.

Lowering the volume of tinnitus

Published June 1, 2022

While there is no cure for tinnitus—the mysterious condition that causes a sound in the head with no external source—many people can manage symptoms and control their reaction by practicing sound therapy, masking, counseling or cognitive behavioral therapy. Sound therapy helps to change your brain’s perception of tinnitus so it learns to ignore the noise, while masking works to cover up the sounds with background noise like white noise, ambient sounds, and nature music.

Monkeypox: An unfamiliar virus spreading fast — sound familiar?

Updated July 24, 2022

More than two years after COVID-19 reached the US, an outbreak of monkeypox is spreading fast outside of Africa. This virus is not new, and it’s likely to be less dangerous than COVID, but it’s still important to be aware of its symptoms, spread, treatment, and prevention.

Study links common virus to MS

Published May 1, 2022

A 2022 Harvard study suggests that an Epstein-Barr virus infection, the most common cause of mononucleosis, may trigger multiple sclerosis (MS) in some people.

Could stress be making my acid reflux worse?

Published May 1, 2022

Emotional stress can aggravate gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which gastric acid washes backward into the esophagus from the stomach. Managing stress through meditation or exercise can help.

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