Washington: Japanese scientists have found that it is possible to eradicate Helicobacter pylori infections by using antibiotics.H pylori can cause stomach ulcers and, in extreme cases, gastric cancer.Seiji Shiota and Yoshio Yamaoka from Oita University, Japan and Baylor College of Medicine, Texas, respectively, gave H. pylori antibiotics to patients with early gastric cancer after surgical resection and were followed up for three years.
"Bacterial virulence factors, host genetic factors, and environmental factors contribute to the risk for developing gastric cancer, and further studies are necessary,” wrote the researchers.However, they warned that practitioners should exercise caution with regard to widespread antibiotic treatment."If all infected persons are to be treated, we should consider the increase in frequency of antibiotic resistance and unexpected consequences such as esophageal adenocarcinoma, asthma, and autoimmune disease,” they said. ANI
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