H. Pylori Breath Test

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LoCicero Medical Group
2605 West Swann Avenue
Suite 600
Tampa FL 33609
Phone: 813-876-7073
Fax: 813-877-1277
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March 09, 2012
Karon R. LoCicero, M.D.

In This Issue
Drug Reduces Complications in Surgical Abortions: Study
Study Produces Mixed Results on Alzheimer's Drugs
Experimental Drug Offers Hope for Rare Bone Disease: Study
Is Cancer Outwitting 'Personalized Medicine'?
Woman's Recovery From Advanced Melanoma Could Help Guide Research
Experimental Drug Shows Promise Against Cushing's Disease
Pregnancy May Protect Against MS, Study Says
Genes Play a Role in Drug Abuse Risk Among Adopted Kids: Study
Today's Feature

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H. pylori affects nearly 1 in 3 Americans. It can cause common symptoms like heartburn, nausea and bloating.  It also causes up to 90% of stomach ulcers.  Patients might take medications like Nexium, Prilosec OTC, Pepcid, Pepto-Bismol, TUMS, or other acid reducing medications to relieve their symptoms.  If left untreated, H. pylori can sometimes lead to painful stomach inflammation, severe ulcers and, in rare cases, can increase the risk of gastric cancer.

The BreathID test quickly and accurately detects H. pylori infection.  By adding this test to our in-office capabilities, patients can be tested and treated in the same office visit, without having to go to a lab or wait for results.  The test is painless, results are available in about 10 minutes and your doctor will be able to prescribe treatment right away. Medicare and most insurance companies cover the test.

If you test positive and the treatment is successful, very often your symptoms – and the need to take those medications – can be relieved.

We are pleased to offer this new technology for our patients. The ability to accurately diagnose H. pylori infection and provide immediate treatment reflects our consistent commitment to providing the best, most convenient services to our patients.

Please call us at 813-876-7073 or ask us on your next visit if the BreathID Breath Test is right for you.


Source: Exalenz Bioscience, Inc.

 


Health News

Drug Reduces Complications in Surgical Abortions: Study

But misoprostol does have side effects, large study found

WEDNESDAY, March 7 The drug misoprostol reduced major complications from early surgical abortion by nearly one-third, according to a new study.

Doctors often use misoprostol for cervical preparation prior to surgical abortion (vacuum aspiration). Until now, however, ... » Read the full article



Study Produces Mixed Results on Alzheimer's Drugs

Aricept, Namenda combo may not boost benefits, but staying on Aricept worthwhile, findings show

WEDNESDAY, March 7 A new study offers up mixed results about two medications used to treat the symptoms of the memory-robbing disease known as Alzheimer's.

While patients didn't get a major mental boost when doctors added the drug Namenda to their regimen when they ... » Read the full article



Experimental Drug Offers Hope for Rare Bone Disease: Study

Replaces missing enzyme in babies with severe hypophosphatasia

WEDNESDAY, March 7 A new therapy may be the first to offer hope for children born with a rare disease that affects bone development, sometimes so severely that babies die because they're missing a rib cage to protect their lungs.

The inherited disorder is called hyp... » Read the full article



Is Cancer Outwitting 'Personalized Medicine'?

Discovery of many genetic mutations within one cell may dash hopes for targeted treatments

WEDNESDAY, March 7 The genetic makeup of cancer cells differs significantly from region to region within a single tumor, according to new research that raises questions about the true potential of personalized cancer medicine.

With this treatment approach, doctors st... » Read the full article



Woman's Recovery From Advanced Melanoma Could Help Guide Research

In rare case, her immune system was spurred to eliminate tumors even in distant sites, researchers say

WEDNESDAY, March 7 Combining the immune-based drug ipilimumab with targeted radiation therapy improved one advanced melanoma patient's ability to fight the deadly skin cancer, a new study says.

The treatment triggered a strong immune response, which resulted in shrin... » Read the full article



Experimental Drug Shows Promise Against Cushing's Disease

In phase 3 trial, symptoms improved in people with rare hormonal disorder, study found

WEDNESDAY, March 7 An experimental drug called pasireotide reduced levels of the "stress hormone" cortisol and improved symptoms in patients with Cushing's disease, a new study found.

Cushing's disease is a rare (three to five cases per million people) hormonal disor... » Read the full article



Pregnancy May Protect Against MS, Study Says

Researchers found being pregnant just once might decrease risk by half

WEDNESDAY, March 7 New research suggests that pregnancy may decrease women's risk of developing multiple sclerosis.

"Even one pregnancy was associated with nearly a halving of risk [of developing MS symptoms]," said study author Anne-Louise Ponsonby, head of the envi... » Read the full article



Genes Play a Role in Drug Abuse Risk Among Adopted Kids: Study

But good adoptive relationships offer some protection, researchers say

WEDNESDAY, March 7 Adopted kids are at greater risk for drug abuse if their biological parents or siblings had a history of drug abuse, a new study finds.

Adopted children whose biological parents were alcoholics, had a major psychiatric illness or had criminal recor... » Read the full article





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