7 Ways to Reduce Acid Reflux (Even if You’re the President)

A nagging sore throat had President Obama checking in for an exam recently with his doctors. The diagnosis was one that’s familiar to millions of Americans: acid reflux. Acid reflux — aka heartburn — occurs when stomach acid sloshes up into your esophagus, irritating and inflaming the tissue, including the back of the throat. If it happens several times a week and becomes severe, it’s called gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. It’s estimated that 60 percent of U.S. adults will experience …

Should Spanx Come With a Health Warning?

Back 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 …

Why Your Heartburn Drugs May Not Work

As 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 …

Nora Ephron: My Tour Guide for Life’s Twists and Turns

This is a guest post by Lorrie Lynch of AARP.org. On the cover of Nora Ephron’s novel Heartburn – the 1983 book that was made into a movie starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep – is a quote touting it as “proof positive that writing well is the best revenge.” It’s Dorothy Parker‘s line, but I’ve always associated it with Ephron because the revenge she takes in that novel, writing a character we all assumed to be her ex-husband Carl Bernstein, …

Holiday Heartburn: How To Avoid It This Thanksgiving

If 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 …