Years of hiccups and heartburn could lead to cancer by exposing cells to stomach acid, doctors warn

Peter Denson, 66, a retired coach engineer from Kent, suffered 20 years of seemingly harmless hiccups, burping and heartburn. He was shocked to be diagnosed with oesophageal cancer.
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A 23-year-old woman presented to the clinic with complaints of heartburn and dysphagia with solid foods. Her family history was remarkable for gastric and  lung cancer in first-degree relatives. Her physical examination and routine laboratory study results were normal. An upper endoscopy was performed and showed multiple polypoid lesions ranging in size from 3 to 11 mm, involving the entire esophagus (Figure A; Video). An endoscopic polypectomy of se veral of the larger polyps was performed. Histopathologic examination showed the lesions were squamous papillomas with areas of hyperkeratinization.
Source: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology - Category: Gastroenterology Authors: Tags: Electronic Image of the Month Source Type: research
Conclusion: Overall, Amenity Health has created a very high quality product in their MedCline Reflux Relief System. It effectively prevents reflux and is, in my opinion, more comfortable than the more traditional wedges on the market. However, higher...
Source: Medgadget - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: Exclusive GI Medicine Source Type: blogs
Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 54-year-old man is evaluated for a 4-month history of intermittent, nonprogressive solid-food dysphagia. He has a long-standing history of heartburn that has been well controlled with once-daily proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) therapy for the past 5 years. Results of a screening colonoscopy 4 years ago were normal. There is no family history of colorectal cancer. Physical examination findings are unremarkable. Upper endoscopy reveals a 3-cm hiatal hernia, an esophageal (Schatzki) ring, and approximately si...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Conditions GI Medications Source Type: blogs
AbstractThe availability of over-the-counter (OTC) proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) for the short-term (2  weeks) management of frequent heartburn (≥2 days/week) has increased markedly, yet evidence-based recommendations have not been developed. A panel of nine international experts in gastroesophageal reflux disease developed consensus statements regarding the risks and benefits of OTC PPIs using a modified Delphi process. Consensus (based on ≥80% approval) was reached through multiple rounds of remote voting and a final round of live voting. To identify relevant data, the available literature was searched an...
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Conclusion Hyperexcitability of T5 and T6 sympathetic preganglionic fibers appears to be the main etiology of LPR. SNEPI can reduce LES relaxation and improve blood flow to the mucosa, thereby increasing the stability of the vagus reflex and laryngopharyngeal mucosal defense factors. To the best of our knowledge, this case represents the first report of a patient with LPR refractory to PPIs who was successfully treated with SNEPI alone. SNEPI can be considered as an alternative to anti-reflux procedures. References 1. Vakil N, van Zanten SV, Kahrilas P, et al. Global Consensus Group. The Montreal definition and classificat...
Source: Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience - Category: Neuroscience Authors: Tags: Case Report Current Issue Medical Issues Neurologic Systems and Symptoms Neurology antireflux procedure autonomic regulation laryngopharyngeal reflux refractory Sympathetic nerve entrapment point injection Source Type: research
HEARTBURN - which occurs when acid from the stomach leaks in to the gullet - is a common condition but experts believe it could cause oesophageal cancer.
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Conclusion This prospective cohort study aimed to see whether a test performed on patients with non-cancerous Barrett's oesophagus may be able to predict whether the condition progressed to oesophageal cancer.  Overall, they found genetic diversity in the oesophageal cell samples at the start of the study seemed to be linked to the risk of cancer progression. However, the research has limitations to consider: By design, this study is only able to draw links – it does not propose treatment or lifestyle steps to be taken to reduce risk. The sample of patients in this study is small, so we...
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This study was not an anomaly. There have been many papers published supporting these same ideas and it is not just confined to antibiotic use. Heartburn medication called Proton pump inhibitors are one of the most over-prescribed drugs today and absolutely wreak havoc on both human health and the health of intestinal bacteria. NSAIDS are another such drug. Of course there are situations where antibiotic use is justified and necessary but I have found the conventional medical community to be guilty of gross overprescription of these drugs. Patients are often given prescriptions for cold and flu when the reality is viral i...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - Category: Science Source Type: news
Every time I come back to Africa, I’m reminded just how natural the health care is here. I recently watched one local herbalist cure a patient of chronic heartburn with a tea made from a popular root (more about that soon). Heartburn is a common disorder of the stomach caused by the overproduction of stomach acid. In America, mainstream medicine is likely throwing Big Pharma’s “treatments” at you — like proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs), which block the production of stomach acid. You might know these better as Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid. But these PPIs have some pretty BIG downsides you&rsquo...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Natural Cures heartburn Remedies stomach acid Source Type: news
It’s 9:30 on a typical weekday night. Maybe you’ve just rolled in from work, or maybe a workout (damn you). Maybe you’re already sprawled out on the couch, remote in-hand, Netflix streaming. Suddenly it hits you — you haven’t eaten since lunch, and you’re starving. You reach into the freezer, grab a frozen pizza or a leftover slice and chow down. Bad idea. You've just created the perfect environment for disrupted sleep, owing to our stomach's skilled ability to pump out acid at the first sign of food. Fact is, whether we’re home or out to dinner, plenty of us end up eating lat...
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