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Heartburn management improved by lifestyle training

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Patients with heartburn may benefit from lifestyle interventions rather than just medication, according to a UK study.

Researchers from Bucks New University and Kings College London said an educational programme - offered by primary care nurses - might reduce the 32 million proton pump prescriptions issued for gastro-oesophageal reflux disease each year.

They gave 42 GORD patients a 1.5 hour educational session each week over four weeks and interviewed them after three months. 

The authors said: “The intervention improved patients’ perception of their illness.”

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