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Stomach Ulcers Sending Fewer Americans to the Hospital

Posted 11 Aug 2010 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 11 – Recent advances in understanding the cause of severe peptic ulcers, along with better treatments, may be driving a decline in their incidence, a new study indicates. From 1998 to 2005, the number of Americans hospitalized for peptic ulcers – sores in the stomach, esophagus or upper small intestine – dropped by 21 percent, reports a team from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the 1980s, scientists discovered that many peptic ulcers were linked with the bacteria Helicobacter pylori, and could be effectively treated with antibiotics. That means that most of the 6 million new cases of stomach ulcers reported annually in the United States are now treated outside of the hospital, the researchers said. "We hypothesized that after the knowledge of the relationship between H. pylori and ulcers became widely known, doctors would prescribe antibiotics ... Read more

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Health Tip: Warning Signs of Peptic Ulcer

Posted 27 Mar 2009 by Drugs.com

-- A peptic ulcer is a sore that occurs in the lining of the stomach or small intestine. A bacterium, called H. pylori, causes the sore to form. While the foods you eat don't cause peptic ulcers, foods can aggravate these sores. Peptic ulcers can be treated with antibiotics and acid-reducing medications. The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse lists these common warning signs of a peptic ulcer: Dull pain in the abdomen. Abdominal pain that fluctuates, but often occurs on an empty stomach or several hours after a meal. Abdominal pain that subsides after eating or taking antacid medications. Loss of weight and lack of appetite. Nausea or vomiting. Feeling bloated or frequent burping. Read more

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