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A study from New Zealand implies that most patients who have belching and burning in their stomachs should be treated with antibiotics. Most stomach ulcers are caused by infection with Helicobacter pylori, but most gastroenterologists will not prescribe antibiotics to patients who have belching and burning in their stomachs unless the patient also has positive tests for Helicobacter.

This study shows that many people with negative tests for Helicobacter, including CLO breath tests, bacterial culture, and mRNA for urease C fragments, indeed are infected with Helicobacter. This study is important because antibiotics are the only cure for belching and burning in the stomach caused by infection and some tests used to diagnose Helicobacter infection can fail to find that germ. If you suffer from belching and burning in your stomach or chest, check with your doctor to see if you can be cured by taking antibiotics. See report #G123.

Checked 8/9/05

June 1st, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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