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    Popular Heartburn Drug Triples Infection Risk

    Heartburn pills taken by millions of people in Britain may treble the risk of potentially deadly infections, a study has shown.
    Patients on proton pump inhibitors, among the most widely prescribed medicines on the NHS, were more likely to fall ill with dangerous organisms like E. coli.
    Researchers think the drugs could be allowing harmful organisms to spread by reducing levels of stomach acid that normally kills them.
    In England alone, GPs dish out an estimated 55 million prescriptions a year for the tablets.
    The drugs, including brands like Zanprol, Prevacid and Prilosec, are also available over-the-counter in lower doses.

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    What is the rate being tripled? If it was one in a billion and now is three in a billion is that significant?

    What is their impact on "good" bacteria in the gut?
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