acid reflux

The Big Squeeze: Unhealthy Effects of Spanx, Shapewear

Posted on 02/6/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBack in the day, it was called a corset or a girdle. Now it’s called shapewear, with the hugely popular Spanx line and other brands helping women smooth their lumps and bumps under clothes. But actress Jennifer Coolidge, 52, expressed many women’s feelings when she told the New York Post, “I hate Spanx because even though they look so good under your clothes, sometimes mid-wedding I’ll be like, ‘I feel so nauseous.’ They’re so tight, who knows what you’re cutting …

Gas Emissions: Is Flatulence a Firing Offense?

Posted on 01/14/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthOK, let’s be honest. We all fart. But what happens when it occurs nine times a day in an office shared by other coworkers? Should it be handled as a health problem that needs remedying? Or a deliberate nuisance worthy of reprimand? Washington Post writer Josh Hicks recently wrote about a Social Security Administration employee accused of continuously “passing gas and releasing an unpleasant odor” that created a “hostile work environment.” The story prompted more than 800 online comments from …

Why Your Heartburn Drugs May Not Work

Posted on 11/20/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthAs we head into a holiday season full of heavy, rich meals, here’s unwelcome news: Not only is heartburn increasing, but also those highly popular acid-blocking drugs don’t seem to work for a large number of us. A recent study in the journal Gut found that during the past two decades there was a 47 percent increase in the number of people who suffered weekly bouts of heartburn, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), the condition that most often causes that burning …

Holiday Heartburn: How To Avoid It This Thanksgiving

Posted on 11/18/2011 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIf you’re prone to heartburn or acid reflux, then a big food-focused holiday like Thanksgiving can be an uncomfortable time. So beat the burn — by choosing the right foods and drinks. Follow these tips for a more enjoyable holiday: *Be a nibbler, not a gobbler. Large portions, and eating too quickly, can cause stomach acid to bubble up and irritate the sensitive tissues of the esophagus — the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach. Eat small …

Hooked On Heartburn Meds: Group Says Acid Reflux Pills Risky

Posted on 08/24/2011 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthDrugs that reduce stomach acid to relieve chronic heartburn and acid reflux are among the most popular medications sold to Americans. But the watchdog group Public Citizen says the drugs — such as Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid — are habit-forming and should carry the strongest possible warning label for this and other dangerous side effects. The group filed a petition Tuesday with the Food and Drug Administration asking them to add the warning. In the petition, Public Citizen says the …