You might hear people talking about panic attacks and anxiety attacks like they're the same thing—but they're not. Panic and anxiety attacks are different conditions. It's helpful to separate the two and examine them individually. What are panic attacks? Panic attacks come on suddenly and involve intense and...

Don't Overeat Where the esophagus opens into the stomach, there is a ring-like muscle known as the lower esophageal sphincter. It acts as a valve and is supposed to prevent the acidic contents of the stomach from going up into the esophagus. It naturally opens when...

Holiday weight gain is a common concern for many adults. Various seasonal holidays may encourage overeating, sedentary behavior, and consumption of calorie-rich foods. In fact, between mid-November and mid-January, adults in Western societies gain an average of one pound. This may not seem like a lot, but...

Heartburn affects more than 60 million Americans every month (1). It is best described as a painful, burning sensation that occurs in the lower chest area. Heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux, a condition where stomach acid escapes into the esophagus, the tube that delivers food...