Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when the esophageal spincter, a muscle of sorts which contracts shut, and relaxes open to control what goes in and out of the stomach, fails to close and stomach acid spills into the esophagus. The disorder is often controlled by medications that reduce the amount of acid the stomach produces or neutralizes it. However, according to new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, a new magnetic device, called LINX, may be able to permanently treat GERD without medication. The device is a ring made up of tiny titanium beads containing a magnetic core. It is surgically implanted around the lower esophageal spincter. You can read more about this study in Newswise.
Untreated GERD is not only uncomfortable but can lead to conditions such as Barrett's esophagus or cancer. For more information on GERD read: