Chronic use of NSAIDs may cause ulcers

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Dateline: Glasgow, Scotland:

Many arthritis sufferers who use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) regularly may be at increased risk for ulcers and gastric complications, report a team of researchers at the Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, Scotland.

A. S. Taha, M.D., who conducted the investigation, explains that erosions are more likely to form ulcers when aggravated by long-term use of NSAIDs when the patient is suffering from Helicobacter pylori infection (a condition now strongly linked with ulcer disease).

Researchers at Loma Linda University in California express doubts about the Glasgow theory.

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