Tuesday, May 11, 2010

We Do Need our Stomach's Acidity

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I have discussed the issue of acid suppression and nutritional deficiency in previous posts. The link between PPI use and pneumonia was previously outlined. This new study outlines the association between acid suppression and nosocomial Clostridium difficile infection.
 
The push to use NSAIDs for knees OA and just give gastric protection instead of using non-gastric toxic drugs should be questioned.
 
Arch Intern Med -- Abstract: Iatrogenic Gastric Acid Suppression and the Risk of Nosocomial Clostridium difficile Infection, May 10, 2010, Howell et al. 170 (9): 784
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