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It's Ulcer Awareness Week, 18-25 September 2000

Proceed To Article Ulcer Awareness Week: 18-25 September 2000
If an illness once thought to be a long-term chronic condition was determined to be a curable infectious disease, you’d think it would be cause for major celebration. This is precisely the case with peptic ulcers, yet the good news about a cure has yet to be fully embraced. A media blitz scheduled for this week might help to change perception in the right direction. More...

Proceed To Article Helicobacter Pylori And Peptic Ulcer Disease - Fact Sheet For Health Care Providers
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a spiral-shaped bacterium that is found in the gastric mucous layer or adherent to the epithelial lining of the stomach. H. pylori causes more than 90% of duodenal ulcers and up to 80% of gastric ulcers. Before 1982, when this bacterium was discovered, spicy food, acid, stress, and lifestyle were considered the major causes of ulcers. More...

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Only 27% of the general public is aware of the association between H. pylori infection and PUD. While 90% of practitioners are aware of the association only about 50% treat the infection in their patients suffering from the infection. These findings indicate that both the public and professional communities need additional education on the causes and available cures for peptic ulcer disease. More...

Proceed To Article From BMJ: Review And Evaluation Of Helicobacter Pylori Eradication As Treatment For Non-Ulcer Dyspepsia
A systematic review of randomized controlled trials comparing H. pylori eradication with placebo or another drug treatment was undertaken. The results were then incorporated into a Markov model comparing health service costs and benefits of H. pylori eradication with antacid treatment over one year. More...

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FDA Considers Additional Restrictions For Accutane Anti-Acne Medication
An extremely popular treatment for severe acne, Accutane, is facing new restrictions to keep pregnant women from ingesting the drug and causing damage to the developing fetus. Accutane, the second largest seller for drug company Hoffmann-La Roche Inc., has been known to cause birth defects for some time and is already heavily restricted. More...

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