Researchers are using thermal energy to destroy problematic cells in the esophagus to keep patients with Barrett's esophagus from developing cancer. One study showed 70% of participants were free of Barrett's after one year of the radiofrequency ablation treatment.
Abdominal fat, not body mass index, may be mildly associated with Barrett's esophagus, according to a study. Researchers found the risk for developing the illness appeared in waist sizes larger than 80 centimeters, but that did not hold true for GERD patients.
Patients with Barrett's esophagus have different microbial colonization of the upper GI tract than those without the condition, a new study found. Researchers said the findings could point to the use of medication to stop the progression of Barrett's esophagus to cancer.
Drinking red wine might reduce the risk of colorectal neoplasia by 68%, according to a study of 360 red and white wine drinkers. The researchers suspect the resveratrol in red wine may be responsible. However, doctors say colon cancer screening still is essential.
Fiber fills you up, keeps your appetite at bay and may ease symptoms of acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome. Most people only consume about 10 to 15 grams of fiber each day, but the recommended daily amount is between 25 and 35 grams. Fiber is in oranges, other fruits, nuts, avocados and other plant foods.