Gut drugs 'carry pneumonia risk'

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Gut drugs 'carry pneumonia risk'

BBC News, Monday, 3 January, 2005

The use of acid-suppressive drugs to combat digestive disorders increases the risk of pneumonia, researchers say.

The drugs work by restricting the production of acid in the stomach.

But researchers from RadboudUniversity in Nijmegen, Netherlands, found they increased the risk of pneumonia by 27% in a study of 364,000 people.

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