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Popular Heartburn Drugs Don't Raise Risk of Alzheimer's: Study

Posted 19 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 – Widely used heartburn drugs called proton pump inhibitors do not appear to increase Alzheimer's disease risk, according to a new study. Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid are commonly used proton pump inhibitors. Two previous studies reported a higher risk of dementia among people who took the drugs, which are commonly used by older adults. Proton pump inhibitors work by reducing the production of stomach acid. But this new study found that use of the drugs was not associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer's, even among those who took a higher dose or used the drugs for more than three years. The findings are from an analysis of data from Finland on nearly 71,000 Alzheimer's disease patients and nearly 283,000 people without the disease. The study shows people need not avoid the drugs due to fears about developing Alzheimer's, said the University of Eastern ... Read more

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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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