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Childhood obesity and subsequent esophageal cancer risk

Childhood obesity and subsequent esophageal cancer risk

Dr. Jessica Petrick and colleagues reported on childhood obesity and subsequent risk of esophageal and gastric cancer in over 60,000 young Danish men. This is one of the first studies that indicate that reduction in obesity between childhood and adulthood may reduce subsequent risk.

Commentary on non-invasive screening techniques

Commentary on non-invasive screening techniques

Michelle Hill and colleagues from the QIMR Berghofer in Queensland, AU, take a close look at non-invasive methods for collecting cells from the esophageal lining, and the role of blood-based biomarkers in risk stratification.

Sleep apnea and BE

Sleep apnea and BE

This provocative study, while based on a chart review, suggests that persons with obstructive sleep apnea have a three-fold increased risk of BE even after controlling for obesity and reflux symptoms.

Risk Calculator for Esophageal Adenocarcinoma

Risk Calculator for Esophageal Adenocarcinoma

This paper describes the development of the IC-RISCâ„¢ calculator and provides examples of its application in the general population and among persons with Barrett’s esophagus. (See “What’s Your Risk” menu above for the actual calculator.)

Weight loss surgery and BE

Weight loss surgery and BE

This study is one of the first to suggest that, among patients with severe obesity, weight loss surgery might induce histologic regression of BE to normal lining.