Highlights from annual meeting of infectious disease specialists

Heartburn pills increase risk of pneumonia, a better catheter and more presented October 2-6, 2013 at ID Week in San Francisco

By Nathan Seppa, 15:30 PM October 9, 2013

Heartburn pills linked to higher pneumonia risk

Proton pump inhibitors, the acid-blocking drugs that many people take for acid reflux disease, may increase a person’s risk of pneumonia by half.

When researchers pooled results from 21 studies of people taking PPIs or not, they found the risk of pneumonia in those exposed to the drugs was 1.49 times that of people who didn’t take the drugs. The greatest effect showed up in the first month of use, when the risk of pneumonia doubled in people on PP...

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