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Anti-heartburn medications may increase risk of death for hospital patients

from By Dorothy L. Tengler

Antacids are used commonly for symptoms such as heartburn, abdominal pain and nausea resulting from a number of conditions. In almost any hospital in the United States, about half of the patients have a prescription for an acid-reducing drug to reduce heartburn or prevent bleeding in their stomach and gut. However, that well-intentioned drug may actually boost patients' risk of dying during their hospital stays by exposing them to infections that pose more risk than would bleeding. more

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