cz0o6r - Common heartburn drugs tied to higher risk of death Acid Reflux 

Common heartburn drugs tied to higher risk of death

Common heartburn drugs tied to higher risk of death A team of researchers from Washington University have found that a person’s risk of premature death rises with long-term use of PPIs. Use of proton pump inhibitors – a class of drug taken by millions to treat heartburn and reduce stomach acid – is tied to a higher risk of premature death. So concludes a large study that followed nearly 350,000 United States veterans.Reporting their findings in the journal BMJ Open, researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis…

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Bereaved parents warn teenagers over meningitis risk

Bereaved parents warn teenagers over meningitis risk Parents who lost a teenager to meningitis are warning other parents to ensure their children are vaccinated against the disease. The Men ACWY vaccine is offered free to all 17- and 18-year-olds and first-time university entrants under 25 because students are particularly at risk. But only a third of young people get the life-saving vaccine, and cases of Men W are on the rise. Meningitis Now said it was “deeply concerned” about low vaccine uptake. Julia Styles lost her daughter Emily at 19…

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Chief medical officer calls for gene testing revolution

Chief medical officer calls for gene testing revolution Cancer patients should be routinely offered DNA tests to help select the best treatments for them, according to England’s chief medical officer. Prof Dame Sally Davies says in her annual report that the NHS must deliver her “genomic dream” within five years. Over 31,000 NHS patients, including some with cancer, have already had their entire genetic code sequenced. Dame Sally wants whole genome sequencing (WGS) to become as standard as blood tests and biopsies. Personalised medicine Humans have about 20,000 genes –…

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