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Medically Speaking Podcasts
Medically Speaking podcasts are informative discussions with medical experts from the University of Maryland Medical Center and the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. New episodes are released every other Monday.
The goal is to provide listeners with the latest information on diagnosing, treating and preventing a variety of health problems so that they can become better health care consumers. Each podcast covers a specific health topic and features an interview with a top specialist.
Medically Speaking podcasts are produced by the Communications and Public Affairs Department at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
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If you have heartburn more than twice a week, a nagging dry cough, especially at night, or a chronic sore throat, you might have a condition known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. Dr. Bruce Greenwald, a gastroenterologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center, says that a weak valve between the stomach and esophagus allows stomach acid to come back into the esophagus, often causing heartburn.
Dr. Greenwald, who is also a professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, says that people with GERD should change their eating habits, such as avoiding large, high-fat meals or eating less than three hours before bedtime. He tells Karen Warmkessel that antacids might handle occasional heartburn, but people with more significant symptoms should see a doctor to find out if they need stronger medications to reduce the production of stomach acid.
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