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Simulated data helps determine anti-heartburn meds increase risk of death for hospital patients

from UPI

Hospital patients prescribed proton-pump inhibitors, or PPIs, are at a higher risk of dying because of hospital-acquired infections such as pneumonia and Clostridium difficile, researchers found in a new study. PPIs are widely prescribed to prevent heartburn, however in the hospital they often are used to prevent bleeding in the stomach and gut. The researchers used a computer model based on already existing statistics of inpatient hospital patients, finding new prescriptions of PPIs during a hospital stay led to an increased risk of death in 90 percent of simulated patients. more

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