In the Papers
This page carries a mixture of recent stories from the popular press and from more specialised news media.



"MILLIONS of fans believe country music legend Johnny Cash died of a broken heart just four months after the death of his beloved wife June. But a pathologist now believes the real cause of death was heartburn."

(Sunday Express) 


"Researchers determined that a high dose of acid suppressant was superior to a low dose, and that taking aspirin with the high dose proton pump inhibitors showed a 20% overall risk reduction."

(From The Guardian but reported in other papers, result of AspECT trial reported in the Research pages.)



Kevin discovers if the millions of people prescribed a common heartburn medication - himself included - could be risking serious side effects. He puts his stomach through a test to discover the truth.
Relevant sections are 2min 30 secs to 13min 30 secs and 36min to 42min 30 secs in the programme.
(BBC 1)


17 February 2018 Gerard Basset and wife Nina turning Hotel TerraVina into boutique B&B
"Gerard, 60, who was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus last year, has just had a major operation that will leave him unable to eat properly for at least a year."
He underwent surgery with Jamie Kelly at the beginning of February.
Nina said: "Gerard is recovering quite well. Some days are better than others and he's in a lot of pain but being brave.                                   (Daily Echo)

STOP PRESS. We are delighted Hotel TerraNova have chosen Barrett's Wessex as one of their charities for fundraising activities in 2018. We wish Gerard all the very best for a full recovery.


"People who drink hot tea are at greater risk of developing oesophageal cancer when combined with smoking and alcohol, a study has discovered." (The Independent)
(A link to the study may be found on our News/Research page.)


"EXERCISE, and the resulting weight loss, can be a good way to help prevent gastrointestinal issues. But, for some people, certain forms of exercise can have an unpleasant side effect - heartburn." (Daily Express)


"Difficulty swallowing could be a sign of oesophageal cancer, and mainly affects people in their 60s and 70s, according to the NHS.

"The cancer doesn’t usually show any symptoms at the beginning, when the tumour is small, but it can lead to difficulty swallowing - otherwise known as dysphagia - heartburn, and weight loss.

"You should see your GP if you’re struggling to swallow properly, said the NHS." (Daily Express)



Acid reflux raises the risk of cancer of the throat, tonsils and sinuses in older people, a study has found.

The condition was linked to a 2 to 3 percent greater chance of developing these potentially deadly diseases.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when stomach acid frequently flows back into the esophagus, the tube connecting your mouth and stomach.

The researchers of the current study argue the results suggest elderly people suffering with the condition should be carefully screened for head and neck cancers.

(Daily Mail) 




"● Heartburn might be worse at night because gravity enables the acid to flow towards your throat. Sleep with your head propped up on pillows, or tuck a pillow under the mattress, or blocks under the bed head.
● Get moving after a meal. Stand up and do the dishes, or take a light walk – anything to kick your digestive system into gear. The longer you sit, the longer it takes your body to digest, meaning a heartburn attack is more likely.
● Stock up on heartburn remedies before Christmas Day. Over-the-counter treatments can often help, but don’t rely on these month after month without seeing your GP to get checked out."

Great article in Daily Mirror quoting Alan Moss, chairman of Action Against Heartburn.


1 December 2017

Gerard Basset, 60, co-founded the highly-successful Hotel du Vin group and now runs the award-winning Hotel TerraVina in the New Forest with his wife Nina.

But he is currently absent from the business after being diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus.

His illness is another devastating blow to his wife, whose mother Jean, 69, is also battling an aggressive form of the disease.

Gerard is currently receiving treatment at Southampton General Hospital and the Spire hospital in the city and is faces a major operation early next year.                  (Daily Echo)