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Jane’s Blog Study Links Heartburn Drugs to Stomach Cancer and Fatal Heart and Kidney Disease

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Jane’s Blog Study Links Heartburn Drugs to Stomach Cancer and Fatal Heart and Kidney Disease

More than 15 million Americans have prescriptions for proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Further, many millions more purchase the drugs over the counter and take them without being under a doctor's care and often indefinitely. A new study is published online May 30, 2019 in The British Medical Journal has linked long-term use of proton pump inhibitors to fatal cases of cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease and upper gastrointestinal cancer. The researchers also found that such risk increases with the duration of PPI use, even when the drugs are taken at low doses. Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly, MD, an assistant professor of...

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