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It’s time to clear the air!  On April 14, the Lawrence County Health Department will host the Cooper Clayton Method to Stop Smoking, a twelve-week comprehensive program.  These workshops have been conducted all over Kentucky and have been very successful.

The Cooper/Clayton Method to Stop Smoking is an effective smoking cessation method which addresses all aspects of smoking.  The Method uses nicotine replacement products and provides twelve intensive education sessions and weekly support group meetings.

The method is successful because there is a long-term support group, the training is designed to achieve and maintain abstinence, and it uses proven nicotine replacement products.

Anyone interested in becoming a non-smoker is encouraged to attend the Cooper/Clayton Method to Stop Smoking workshop.  There is no charge for the class.  The only cost to the participant is for nicotine patches, which is $5.00 per box, which lasts for 14 days.  The group will meet for one hour, once a week.

The workshop will take place at the Lawrence County Health Department, beginning Thursday, April 14 at 5:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Pat Machir or Carolyn McGinn at 606-638-4389.

 

Reflux or GERD?
When Heartburn Spells Trouble

Cartoon of an uncomfortable man covering his mouth.Cartoon of an uncomfortable man covering his mouth.

Most of us get heartburn from time to time. It may come as a burning sensation in the chest, or a bitter taste in the back of the throat. Heartburn is one word people use to describe reflux. It happens when stomach contents come back upwards. Reflux is sometimes painless: You may have trouble swallowing or get a dry cough, perhaps some wheezing.

Occasional reflux episodes are normal. Like millions of Americans, you can manage reflux by avoiding foods that don’t agree with you—things that are fatty, spicy or acidic—or by eating smaller meals. If reflux occurs less than once a week, you can usually cope by making lifestyle changes or using over-the-counter medications.

“We all have a little reflux when we burp or belch,” says Dr. John Pandolfino of Northwestern University. But of the 20 million or more Americans with reflux, about 5% have significant episodes 2 or 3 times per day. When severe events occur this often, it’s not ordinary reflux. It may be gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). You may need prescription medications to control it.

GERD should be taken seriously. Stomach (gastric) contents contain acid needed to digest food. In reflux, these contents wash upward into the esophagus, a slender tube connecting the mouth and the stomach. Because the lining of the esophagus isn’t meant to touch gastric acid, the acid can irritate the lining of the esophagus and lead to bleeding and scarring. In adults, GERD can raise the risk of cancer of the esophagus. And if you have asthma, GERD can make it worse.

As for babies, reflux is common in healthy infants. Most babies outgrow reflux by 13 months, but if they don’t, they too may have GERD.

GERD can harm a child’s ability to feed and grow. It can also increase the risk for inhaling stomach contents into the lungs. This can be life-threatening.

People of any age can have GERD. Available medications, whether over-the-counter or prescription, can make the acid in the esophagus less intense. But medications don’t prevent GERD. Surgery can be an option if symptoms are severe and medicine and lifestyle changes don’t seem to help.

Dr. Michael Raymond Ruggieri, Sr., of Temple University is researching the root causes of GERD. The problem isn’t that the stomach makes too much acid. In GERD, the special set of muscles between the esophagus and the stomach is weakened.

“The stomach muscle fibers are not doing their job, and we’re trying to understand why they’re not,” says Dr. Ruggieri. His team is among the first to look at how nerves receive and send messages to these muscle fibers. Their goal is to develop drugs that prevent GERD altogether.

If you have reflux twice or more per week, talk to your health care provider. It’s best to start treatment early to prevent GERD from leading to more serious health problems.

 

 

 

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