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March 2, 2009

Source: The Daily Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/4902745/Glass-of-wine-could-prevent-gullet-cancer.html

A study found people who enjoy a regular tipple more than halved their risk of developing Barrett’s Esophagus – an untreatable condition that can lead to oesophageal cancer.

It is caused by prolonged heartburn and triggers pre cancerous cells in the tube that extends from the throat to the stomach.

The study of almost a thousand men and women found moderate consumption of red or white wine reduced the risk by 56 per cent – but beer or spirits had no beneficial effects.

Gastroenterologist Dr Douglas Corley, of the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Centre, said: “We already knew red wine was good for the heart, so perhaps here is another added benefit of a healthy lifestyle and a single glass of wine a day.”

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