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IFFGD GERD Reporters Guide

Working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, IFFGD has sponsored several annual events on the U.S. National Health Observances Calendar. In 1998, we designated the week before Thanksgiving in November as GERD Awareness Week.

GERD is thought to affect an estimated 18 to 28% of Americans, making it the most prevalent gastrointestinal (GI) disorder in the country.

GERD is a condition where stomach contents flow back (reflux) into the esophagus causing troublesome symptoms and/or possible damage to the esophagus. Heartburn and/or regurgitation are common symptoms associated with GERD.

In this guide you will find:

Background information about GERD
Information about the diagnosis and treatment of GERD
Frequently asked questions
A glossary of medical terms
Suggested story angles and reasons for writing about GERD

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