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More Possible Bad News for Nexium Users

Popular heartburn meds may cause serious health problems

More Possible Bad News for Nexium Users

[DIGEST: Science News, Scientific American, Consumer Reports]

People suffering from heartburn might think twice about turning to a popular type of heartburn medicine known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) for relief. The medications, available both as prescription and over the counter, are used by 8 percent of the U.S. population, according to a 2012 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Popular names include Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid. Researchers have suggested a link between PPIs and many serious health problems, ranging from heart attacks and kidney disease to dementia.

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