Medications

Popular heartburn drugs may up odds of stomach bug

(HealthDay)—If you're one of the millions who rely on medications known as proton pump inhibitors for relief from heartburn, you may be at higher risk of illness from a stomach bug, new research suggests.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Common acid reflux medications linked to increased kidney disease risk

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), which include well-known brand names Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid, are among the most commonly prescribed medications in the world. Approximately 10 percent of adults in the United States take ...

Oncology & Cancer

Esophageal cancer 'cell of origin' identified

Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers have identified cells in the upper digestive tract that can give rise to Barrett's esophagus, a precursor to esophageal cancer. The discovery of this "cell of origin" ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Risk for COVID-19 increased for adults taking PPIs

(HealthDay)—Adults taking proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) have an increased risk for having a positive COVID-19 test, with evidence of a dose-response relationship, according to a study published online July 7 in preprint ...

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