A survey of almost 2,000 adults finds only 15% knew that physical exercise reduces the risk of colon cancer. The researchers say primary care physicians may not be giving patients adequate colorectal cancer prevention information, which they also say generally is not as widely available as it should be.
Physicians are testing a scope that uses radiofrequency energy to burn away abnormal cells associated with Barrett's esophagus. Results of one study show using the ablation technique resulted in eradication of 77% of Barrett's cells. The real measure of success will be if follow-up tests show these patients have a reduced risk of developing cancer, former ACG president David Johnson said.
A 40-mg daily dose of the antioxidant astaxanthin -- which is used to give salmon its pink color -- helped relieve acid reflux symptoms, a four-week study found. Researchers say the benefits are even more pronounced in people infected with H. pylori.
Tracy Habenicht took top honors in the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation's Celebrating UC Success essay contest with an essay celebrating the small changes her friend with ulcerative colitis made that led to improvements in his disease.
Chewing gum -- but not mint gum -- stimulates swallowing and reduces acid reflux. Taking a walk after eating also eases heartburn because it reduces the amount of time stomach acid touches the esophagus.