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Ralph Thomas plays the harp at his house in Arlington, Vt. His reflux symptoms weren't controlled by medication, so he decided to have surgery to install a LINX device.
Herb Swanson for NPR
June 2, 2014 Lots of people have heartburn or gastric reflux, and not all of them are helped by medications. A surgical device may help people with severe symptoms, but it hasn't been tested long term.
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A waitress delivers a coffee and beer in Medellin, Colombia, in this 2010 file photo. Both drinks can trigger acid reflux.
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August 13, 2012 Spicy, acidic foods and heavy meals often get blamed when we experience heartburn. But researchers say that uncomfortable feeling may also be linked to what we're drinking: namely, alcohol, coffee and other caffeinated beverages.
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