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Low dose aspirin therapy may help prevent pancreatic cancer

A low, daily dose of aspirin has been praised for its cardiovascular benefits, but new research shows that the therapy may also ward off pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest forms of the disease. The study, conducted by researchers at the Yale School of Public Health, claims daily low-dose aspirin therapy can lower pancreatic cancer risk by up to 48 percent. Low-dose aspirn therapy has already been credited for reducing risk of ovarian, colorectal, stomach, esophageal, prostate, breast, lung, and skin cancers. Researchers studied information on aspirin use and medical histories for 362 people with pancreatic cancer and 690 people ... Read More

Fosamax and other bisphosphonates linked to esophageal cancer

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it is conducting an ongoing safety review of drugs used to treat osteoporosis and other bone diseases to determine whether they increase the risk of esophageal cancer. The drugs under review include oral bisphosphonates known by the brand names Fosamax (alendronate), Actonel (risedronate), Boniva (ibandronate), Atelvia (risedronate delayed release), Didronel (etidronate), and Skelid (tiludronate). The FDA says it will evaluate data from published studies before making a recommendation. At this time, the agency says there is not enough information to recommend endoscopic screening of patients who are not exhibiting symptoms of esophageal cancer. ... Read More

An aspirin a day may keep the doctor away, and help you live longer

Aspirin may help you live a longer, healthier life, according to a team of British researchers. The scientists pored over eight clinical studies involving more than 25,500 patients who had been on daily aspirin therapy for at least four years and found they had a 21 percent reduced risk of dying of cancer compared to patients who were on a placebo. The findings were recently published in The Lancet. The study also found that dying from any cause – not just cancer – was 10 percent lower for people taking one low-dose aspirin per day. The study observed patients taking anywhere ... Read More

Participants needed for clinical trial on new GERD treatment

Researchers from the North Alabama Research Center based in Athens, Ala., are looking for people to participate in clinical trials for a potential new medication to treat gastrointestinal disease, also known as GERD. Persons age 18 to 70 who are still suffering from symptoms of GERD despite treatment with prescription medications are welcome to participate in the clinical trial. Participants must live within 50 miles of the clinic. Those interested can sign up at the Clinical Connection Web site here. Clinical trials are medical research studies involving people that seek to prevent disease, find treatments, diagnose diseases, or control symptoms. ... Read More

Alzheimer’s drug may treat Barrett’s esophagus, esophageal cancer

A team of researchers renowned for their work in colon cancer believe they may have found a better treatment for Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer based on findings from their colon cancer research, according to Science Daily. Cancer of the esophagus is one of the 10 most common cancers, yet there is no good treatment for the disease. Most people who have been diagnosed with esophageal cancer also have a long history of heartburn. Heartburn occurs when toxic acid from the stomach splashes up into the esophagus. Over time, if left untreated, this constant bathing of stomach acid can damage ... Read More

New study may lead to different treatments for GERD

Findings from a new study on the causes of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) may lead to new way of treating the condition. According to a team of researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, GERD, which causes painful chest pain and heartburn, may be caused by immune system cells causing inflammation. The study showed that gastroesophageal reflux in rats causes tissue in the esophagus to release immune chemicals called cytokines. Those cytokines attract inflammatory cells that cause the uncomfortable symptoms associated with heartburn and GERD. GERD is a condition thought to be the result of an acid burn ... Read More