The People's Perspective on Medicine
Nicholas Shaheen, MD, GI expert
Acid Reflux

Show 1144: New Ways to Heal Your Digestive Tract

We talk with two eminent experts about how to heal your digestive tract. Dr. Shaheen treats Barrett's esophagus. Dr. Bretthauer treats C diff.

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Acid Reflux

Will Aspirin Keep Barrett’s from Turning into Cancer?

Research suggests that aspirin blocks a key inflammatory pathway cells utilize when they are becoming cancerous and could prevent esophageal cancer.

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Acid Reflux

Will PPIs Protect You from Esophageal Cancer?

Many people take PPIs like omeprazole for heartburn. Others have been diagnosed with Barrett's esophagus. Will PPIs block conversion to esophageal cancer?

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Acid Reflux

How to Overcome Heartburn with Probiotics

Taking a probiotic supplement regularly helped one couple overcome heartburn and Barrett's esophagus. Might it help your digestive problem?

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Acid Reflux

How to Use Melatonin to Ease Reflux

Although melatonin is usually sold over the counter as a sleep aid, there is research that indicates it can help ease symptoms of acid reflux.

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Acid Reflux

When Is It Best to Take Nexium?

To get the best absorption of prescription esomeprazole delayed release capsules, take Nexium at least one hour before any meal,

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Barrett’s Esophagus

Will Black Raspberries Heal Barrett’s Esophagus?

Research in rodents shows that black raspberries may prevent esophageal cancer despite the presence of Barrett's esophagus; human studies are inconclusive.

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Barrett’s Esophagus

Heartburn Drugs and Esophageal Cancer?

A new study does not show that taking PPIs reduces the likelihood of esophageal cancer in people with Barrett's esophagus.

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Barrett’s Esophagus

Could Aspirin Prevent Barrett’s Esophagus?

Regular use of aspirin reduces the risk of Barrett's esophagus among people with acid reflux.

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Barrett’s Esophagus

Aspirin for Barrett’s Esophagus

When people with Barrett's esophagus take aspirin over time, they reduce their risk of developing esophageal cancer.

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Acid Reflux

Heartburn

You can manage occasional heartburn with home remedies or OTC medications. More frequent symptoms deserve medical attention.