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4 Your Health: Bacterial infections increase; danger from using heartburn meds

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Tucson- A recent study has uncovered evidence that some popular heartburn drugs may lead to early death.

Researchers at Washington University School Of Medicine in St. Louis analyzed data on 350,000 people on heartburn medications. Some took proton pump inhibitors others took H2 blockers. They found a higher death risk among those taking proton pump inhibitors for an extended period of time.

Experts caution this was an observational study only and those taking heartburn drugs are encouraged to consult with a doctor.

Dangerous bacterial infections are increasing in the U.S. 

C. diff is frequently linked to healthcare systems. It's extremely difficult to treat, especially those that keep recurring in patients.

University Of Pennsylvania researchers found recurring C. diff infections have increased dramatically each year since 2001.

The infections cause severe diarrhea and can lead to sepsis.

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