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Kidney disease: how what you’re consuming affects kidney health

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a worldwide epidemic. Twenty-six million American adults have CKD and millions of others are at increased risk. Kidney disease is the ninth leading cause of death in the U.S. The life-threatening disease is known to be associated with high blood pressure and diabetes. Because of its link to diabetes, researchers in the Netherlands decided to study the impact of diet on kidney function, as a diet rich in whole grains, fruits and vegetables has been associated with lower risk of diabetes. For five years, the researchers checked kidney function by monitoring the estimated glomerular filtration ... Read More

Acknowledgement of PPI risks is decades late, researchers say

In a letter published in Gut, Norwegian researchers comment on two recent studies linking the use of acid-reducing proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, to gastric cancer. Hong Kong researchers published findings in early November that long-term PPIs use, even after Helicobacter pylori eradication therapy, is still associated with an increased risk of gastric cancer. At the same time a Swedish study reported incidence of gastric cancer to be linked to long-term PPI use. In their letter titled, “Proton pump inhibitors and gastric cancer: a long expected side effect finally reported also in man,” Professor Helge Lyder Waldum, Department of Clinical ... Read More

Thanksgiving week is also GERD Awareness Week

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is most commonly associated with symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux and it affects millions of Americans. It occurs when the barrier between the stomach and esophagus is compromised and the stomach’s contents flow back into the esophagus. It can cause tissue damage to the lining of the esophagus and can increase risk of a pre-cancerous disease called Barrett’s esophagus. Perhaps appropriately, the week when most Americans are likely to overeat as they celebrate Thanksgiving with a feast of turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, numerous casseroles and slices of pie, Nov. 19-25, 2017 is GERD Awareness ... Read More

New study confirms heartburn drugs linked to progression of kidney disease

Proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, used to treat heartburn, acid reflux and ulcers, are some of the most prescribed drugs in the world. PPIs are sold under name brands such as Prevacid, Nexium and Prilosec, by prescription and over the counter, and they are taken by more than 20 million Americans in any given year. “PPIs have been regarded as generally safe and without serious adverse effects. However, this perspective is changing,” said Danish scientists earlier this year when they published a study linking the drugs to an increased risk for serious foodborne infection, listeriosis. The drugs have been linked ... Read More

Equine study explores natural alternatives to PPI side effects

Popular acid-reducing drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), which include brand names Prevacid, Nexium and Prilosec, are taken by millions of Americans. These drugs have been under fire for being over prescribed and for patients remaining on them much longer than medically necessary. They have also been linked to numerous side effects such as increased risk of chronic kidney disease and kidney failure, stomach infections, heart disease, pneumonia, bone fractures, and dementia, to name just a few. Many doctors and patients are looking for alternate treatments for ulcers, heartburn and acid-reflux symptoms. Interestingly, this isn’t only an issue for ... Read More

PPIs linked to progression of chronic liver disease

For years, studies have been linking proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), such as Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid, to kidney damage such as Acute Interstitial Nephritis (AIN), increased risk of Acute Kidney Injury (AKI or Acute Renal Failure) and Chronic Kidney Disease, as well as many other concerning side effects. These acid reflux and heartburn drugs, available both by prescription and over-the-counter, are consumed by approximately 10 percent of the population and Americans are estimated to spend $11 billion on PPIs yearly. A new study published by researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine in Nature Communications is now ... Read More

Preventing progression of chronic kidney disease (KCD)

The Clinton Herald enlisted board-certified nephrologist Anis Ansari to give advice to readers who might be at risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD), a serious disease that can progress to life-threatening kidney failure. Controlling diabetes, hypertension and obesity are important aspects of preventing CKD, the prevalence of which is on the rise, currently affecting 30 million Americans, with millions more at risk. Dr. Ansari warned readers about common drugs that have been linked to serious kidney damage. Regular, long-term use of two specific types of medications have been shown to cause both short- and long-term kidney damage. Arthritis medications such as ibuprofen, naprosyn ... Read More

Do OTC heartburn drugs need esophageal cancer warning?

Nonprofit advocacy group Esophageal Cancer Action Network (ECAN) is petitioning the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to put warnings on all over-the-counter heartburn medication warning users about a risk of esophageal cancer. These drugs already contain warnings that if heartburn has persisted more than three months, patients should consult a doctor prior to use, and that they should seek a doctor’s opinion if symptoms continue after treatment. However, ECAN is concerned that many self diagnosing patients might miss important warning signs of this deadly and fast-growing cancer, the incidence of which has risen 600 percent over the past 30 ... Read More

Study: Traditional Chinese Medicine more effective than PPIs

A new study finds that traditional Chinese medicine could be a more effective way to treat acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) rather than drugs such as over-prescribed proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), which have been linked to many dangerous side effects including chronic kidney disease and kidney failure. Research conducted at the Hebei Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine found that acupuncture with herbs outperformed PPI omeprazole (Prilosec) in both the short and long-term. According to HealthCMi this study demonstrates the treatment to be safe and effective with no significant adverse effects. The study compared three groups: an acupuncture ... Read More

PPI Kidney Injury cases centralized into MDL in New Jersey

On July 27, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) heard arguments on a motion to centralize 172 claims against proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) in a multidistrict litigation (MDL). The Panel granted the motion to centralize and will establish the MDL in the U.S. District for New Jersey where the most PPI claims are currently pending. Judge Claire C. Cecchi will preside over the MDL. It was plaintiffs’ second request to see these similar claims alleging kidney damage after using the popular acid-reducing drugs consolidated. The Panel had previously denied a similar motion requesting consolidation of PPI cases earlier this ... Read More