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Stomach acid drugs may cause bacterial infections
Date: 2012-10-23 14:53:27

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), stomach acid drugs such as Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid and Zegerid, which are classified as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), may increase the risk of developing Clostridium difficile–associated diarrhea (CDAD), which can be detected with a lab test.

According to MyHealthNewsDaily, PPIs are are usually used to treat acid reflux and stomach ulcers due to their ability to reduce stomach acids. Edith R. Lederman, M.D., who published a study on the link between PPIs and CDAD, told the news source that stomach acids are essential because they help combat harmful pathogens.

The news source reported that Lederman's study, which was published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, found that nearly 50 percent of patients who were hospitalized due to CDAD, had been prescribed a stomach acid medication.

The FDA reported that if you use PPIs and develop diarrhea that doesn't get better with time or have abdominal pain or fever, then you should seek medical attention.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) notes that C. diff is present in the feces, and any surface that comes into contact with the bacteria can be contaminated, such as toilets, bathtubs and rectal thermometers. The majority of time patients contract C. diff from the hands of a healthcare provider who has touched a contaminated object.

Older adults who take antibiotics and frequently receive medical care have the greatest risk of getting C. diff, according to the CDC. This is partly due to the fact that antibiotics usually destroy the germs that help defend the body against infections. The source also reports that 75 percent of C diff symptoms first become apparent in nursing home patients or people who have recently received treatment at a doctor's office or clinic.

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Dry heat cooking linked to obesity and diabetes
Date: 2012-08-21 14:57:21
A compound in certain foods may undergo certain changes when cooked in dry heat, turning into a substance that may increase the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes, according to new research from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. This research may be relevant to people who undergo regular blood testing to measure their glucose levels.... Full Story

Hormone may be linked to metabolic syndrome
Date: 2012-08-16 15:03:26
Researchers from the Scripps Research Institute in Florida discovered that low levels of the hormone adropin may increase the risk that an individual will screen positive for metabolic syndrome through a blood test. The study may have implications for the treatment of the disease.... Full Story

Metabolic syndrome may decrease blood flow to the brain
Date: 2012-07-19 14:16:55
People who undergo blood testing to find out whether they have metabolic syndrome are likely to be worried about their heart health. However, new research from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health suggests that metabolic syndrome may also be harmful to the brain.... Full Story

Cops may be at a higher risk for certain health conditions
Date: 2012-07-13 12:38:46
A team of scientists from the University at Buffalo completed a study that investigated the links between police work and several chronic conditions. The findings support a greater need for blood testing of conditions such as diabetes, Hodgkin's lymphoma and other health problems among cops.... Full Story

Low testosterone is not a normal part of aging, study says
Date: 2012-06-26 15:18:39
Decreasing testosterone levels are not a necessary part of the aging process for men, according to a new report. Individuals may want to consider blood testing to measure their hormone levels to understand what exactly is causing the symptoms of low testosterone.... Full Story

Couples trying to conceive should know their options
Date: 2012-01-03 16:45:32
For couples that are considering having a child but are experiencing difficulty conceiving, familiarizing themselves with the options they may have available could help them find a solution. Through FSH testing and other treatments, it may be possible to conceive, even for those having a hard time.... Full Story

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