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Week: 599.1

Guest: Dr. Frank Hamilton, National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health

Topic: Ulcers...who’s at risk?

Host/Producer: Steve Girard 

NEMA: Ulcers...who’s at risk? 

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NEMA: It’s easier to handle ulcers these days, with the discovery of the helicobacter pylori organism that causes them, and a successful course of treatment. Are you at risk of getting the condition? This is Dr. Frank Hamilton of the National Institutes of Health..

HAMILTON: I think the big risk factors that we see are patients who are cigarette smokers, people who drink large quantities of alcoholic beverages...wine, beer, hard liquor...patients who use large quantities of aspirin, over the counter preparations such as Motrin, Advil...if they use that on a chronic basis, they are at increased risk of developing ulcer disease. Another group of patients who are at increased risk are patients who have a family history of ulcer disease. First degree relatives have a greater chance of developing ulcer disease...and also patients who have blood type ‘O’ have a 30% greater chance of developing ulcer compared to other blood type groups. 

NEMA: Helicobacter Pylori is treated with antibiotics, and an acid suppressor for several weeks. I’m Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.