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Salt, Smoking Increase Odds of GERD

Instead of tea or alcohol, two interesting European studies found smoking and high salt intake increase the risk of gastro-esophagal reflux disease (GERD), commonly known as GERD. The research team based their work on some 47,000 patients who took part in two major public health surveys in a county in Norway. Results by the numbers: Patients who had smoked every day for more than 20 years were 70 percent more likely to have acid reflux than non-smokers. Those who routinely added...

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