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Twenty-five million Americans suffer from ulcers. An ulcer is a sore or hole in the lining of the stomach or duodenum (the first part of the small intestine). People of any age can get an ulcer and women are affected just as often as men.

Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a bacterium that lives on the lining of the stomach. Although we used to think that spicy food, acid, and stress were the major causes of ulcers, we now know that nine out of ten ulcers are caused by H. pylori. Medicines that reduce stomach acid may make you feel better, but your ulcer may come back. Here's the good news: Since most ulcers are caused by this bacterial infection, they can be cured with the right antibiotics.
Study finds link between PTSD and accelerated aging

Study finds link between PTSD and accelerated aging

In recent years, public health concerns about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have risen significantly, driven in part by affected military veterans returning from conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere. PTSD is associated with number of psychological maladies, among them chronic depression, anger, insomnia, eating disorders and substance abuse. [More]
New study shows ulcer-causing bacteria can directly interact with stomach stem cells

New study shows ulcer-causing bacteria can directly interact with stomach stem cells

The ulcer-causing bacterium Helicobacter pylori can directly interact with stomach stem cells, causing the cells to divide more rapidly, according to a new study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. [More]
Positive CHMP opinion recommends RELISTOR for treatment of opioid-induced constipation

Positive CHMP opinion recommends RELISTOR for treatment of opioid-induced constipation

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. and Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use of the European Medicines Agency has adopted a positive opinion recommending a new indication for RELISTOR (methylnaltrexone bromide) Subcutaneous Injection for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation (OIC) when response to laxative therapy has not been sufficient in adult patients, aged 18 years and older. [More]
Cepheid, FIND announce receipt of CE-IVD status for Xpert HIV-1 Qual test

Cepheid, FIND announce receipt of CE-IVD status for Xpert HIV-1 Qual test

Cepheid and FIND today announced that Xpert HIV-1 Qual, a qualitative 90-minute molecular HIV test, has achieved CE-IVD status under the European Directive on In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices. [More]
New data support use of Exalenz Bioscience's BreathID test for diagnosing H. pylori infection

New data support use of Exalenz Bioscience's BreathID test for diagnosing H. pylori infection

Exalenz Bioscience, a leader in developing and marketing non-invasive medical devices for diagnosing and monitoring a range of gastrointestinal and liver diseases, today announced new published data supporting the use of the Company's point-of-care BreathID urea breath test for diagnosing Helicobacter pylori infection (H. pylori) in the emergency department (ED) setting. [More]
AACN announces recipients of annual research grants

AACN announces recipients of annual research grants

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses announces the recipients of its annual research grants, with total available funding of $160,000. [More]
Egalet announces plans to commercialize SPRIX Nasal Spray and OXAYDO tablets

Egalet announces plans to commercialize SPRIX Nasal Spray and OXAYDO tablets

Egalet Corporation, a fully integrated specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and marketing innovative pain treatments, today announced its plans for the commercialization of SPRIX (ketorolac tromethamine) Nasal Spray and OXAYDO (oxycodone HCI, USP) tablets for oral use only –CII. [More]
Case Western Reserve professor urges action to eliminate yaws

Case Western Reserve professor urges action to eliminate yaws

Half a century ago, a concentrated global effort nearly wiped a disfiguring tropical disease from the face of the earth. Now, says Case Western Reserve's James W. Kazura, MD, it's time to complete the work. [More]
New in vitro study examines benefits of pear-enriched diet on chronic diseases

New in vitro study examines benefits of pear-enriched diet on chronic diseases

A new in vitro (test tube) study, "Dietary functional benefits of Bartlett and Starkrimson pears for potential management of hyperglycemia, hypertension and ulcer bacteria Helicobacter pylori while supporting beneficial probiotic bacterial response," was published in the March issue of Food Research International. [More]
TCC-EZ Casting System dramatically increases healing process of diabetic foot ulcers

TCC-EZ Casting System dramatically increases healing process of diabetic foot ulcers

Diabetics once facing the prospect of amputation to their lower limbs due to the effects of foot ulcers are now back on their feet thanks to a new technology. [More]
Loyola's Neil Gupta recommends patients to ask four questions when planning a colonoscopy

Loyola's Neil Gupta recommends patients to ask four questions when planning a colonoscopy

"Most people focus on the dislike of the preparation, the need to arrange transportation and the fear of being anesthetized during the procedure and then potentially getting a cancer diagnosis," says Neil Gupta, MD, MPH, Director of Endoscopy at Loyola University Health System. "Screening colonoscopy is a very critical examination that really can determine life and death when it comes to colon cancer. It is now clear that not every colonoscopy is equal. Once you've decided it's time to get a screening colonoscopy, the next step is to make sure that you get a high-quality one." [More]
PUMA project develops innovative device to prevent risk of Pressure Ulcer

PUMA project develops innovative device to prevent risk of Pressure Ulcer

The European research project PUMA (Pressure Ulcer Measurement and Actuation) technically coordinated by the Biomechanics Institute has developed an innovative portable and non-invasive device to prevent and early detect the risk of Pressure Ulcer (PU) development and revert its onset for Tetraplegic Spinal Cord Injured (T-SCI) individuals relying on wheelchairs. [More]
Egalet announces net revenues of $1.9 million for 2014

Egalet announces net revenues of $1.9 million for 2014

Egalet Corporation today reported financial results for the year ended December 31, 2014. [More]
Nuo Therapeutics initiates phase 4 study of Aurix™ under CMS coverage with evidence development program

Nuo Therapeutics initiates phase 4 study of Aurix™ under CMS coverage with evidence development program

Nuo Therapeutics, Inc. (OTCQX:NUOT), a pioneer in biodynamic therapies, today announced the initiation of a new clinical study (Au Study) that is comprised of three randomized controlled protocols that examine the efficacy of Aurix™, a biodynamic hematogel, for use in diabetic foot ulcers, venous leg ulcers and pressure ulcers (bed sores). [More]
WHO urges affected countries to increase investment in tackling neglected tropical diseases

WHO urges affected countries to increase investment in tackling neglected tropical diseases

WHO urges affected countries to scale up their investment in tackling 17 neglected tropical diseases in order to improve the health and well-being of more than 1.5 billion people. This investment would represent as little as 0.1% of current domestic expenditure on health in affected low and middle income countries for the period 2015-2030. [More]
Leaf Healthcare's wireless patient monitoring system can improve pressure ulcer prevention processes

Leaf Healthcare's wireless patient monitoring system can improve pressure ulcer prevention processes

Clinicians from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Boise, Idaho, will demonstrate that Leaf Healthcare's new, wireless patient monitoring system can significantly improve a caregiver's pressure ulcer prevention processes. Their presentation will take place at the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel Biennial Conference in Orlando, Fla., this week. [More]
Advances in stem cell therapy can improve outcomes for patients with chronic diabetic foot ulcers

Advances in stem cell therapy can improve outcomes for patients with chronic diabetic foot ulcers

According to data presented at the 73rd Annual Scientific Conference of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, advances in stem cell therapy can significantly improve outcomes for patients with chronic diabetic foot ulcers. Use of stem cells to treat foot problems like diabetic ulcers may speed up the healing process, preventing infection and hospitalization during recovery. [More]
Cumberland initiates clinical development of Boxaban (ifetroban) oral capsule for AERD treatment

Cumberland initiates clinical development of Boxaban (ifetroban) oral capsule for AERD treatment

Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc. today announced an expansion of its pipeline with a new Phase II development program. The Company has initiated the clinical development of Boxaban (ifetroban) oral capsule for the treatment of aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD). [More]
Stomach ulcer bug H. pylori may reduce risk of developing multiple sclerosis

Stomach ulcer bug H. pylori may reduce risk of developing multiple sclerosis

A West Australian team has found evidence that the stomach ulcer bacterium, Helicobacter pylori, is associated with a lower risk of multiple sclerosis (MS), bolstering evidence for the role of the ‘hygiene hypothesis’ in autoimmune disorders. [More]
FDA approves RYTARY for Parkinson's disease treatment

FDA approves RYTARY for Parkinson's disease treatment

Impax Pharmaceuticals, a division of Impax Laboratories, Inc., today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved RYTARY, an extended-release oral capsule formulation of carbidopa-levodopa, for the treatment of Parkinson's disease, post-encephalitic parkinsonism, and parkinsonism that may follow carbon monoxide intoxication and / or manganese intoxication. [More]
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