Clinical Trends for June 2016

Ryan Syrek


July 01, 2016

Clinical Trend of the Week (May 28-June 3): GERD

The origins of a common disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), may not be what everyone originally believed, and that sent searches for this term higher this week. According to a study from a small, single center, an immune reaction may cause GERD and not direct chemical injuries from stomach acids. The study's lead author, Kerry Dunbar, MD, PhD, suggested that cytokine-mediated causes may be responsible and not chemical injuries. Researchers and respondents note the potential for therapy changes, suggesting that although protein pump inhibitors may remain the mainstay of treatment, therapies targeting the inflammatory cascade may help in certain types of GERD.

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