Acid reflux disease raises the risk of oesophageal adenocarcinoma. This deadly cancer is on the rise; the reason are unclear, but experts speculate diet, obesity, even some heartburn drugs may be partly to blame.
New research may offer a drug-free acid reflux treatment. Doctors in Australia inflated a balloon to mimic the effects of a meal in the stomachs of 14 people. Then they used a type of acupuncture on a spot known for its connection to gastrointestinal problems - the wrist.
Afterwards, subject had 40 percent fewer unwanted events that allow acid to seep into the oesophagus. That's impressive, but more study is needed to prove the effectiveness.