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903 Defending the Digestive Tract

903 Defending the Digestive Tract

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Heartburn is a serious problem for millions of people. Not only is it painful, it is a potential harbinger of esophageal cancer. When acid reflux continues for years, it can lead to Barrett’s esophagus, a pre-cancerous condition. Can technology break the link between reflux, Barrett’s esophagus and cancer?
Popular pain relievers such as diclofenac, ibuprofen and naproxen can ease aching joints, but they can also wreak havoc in the gastrointestinal tract. Must you choose between crippling pain and life-threatening ulcers?
Guest: Nicholas Shaheen, MD, is Professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and the UNC Gillings School of Public Health. He directs the Center for Esophageal Diseases and Swallowing. The website is http://www.med.unc.edu/cedas/
. Dr. Shaheen’s review of radiofrequency ablation was published in <em>Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology in 2013. His study was published in 2012.
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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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