November 19, 2013

Burning, Vomiting, Gastritis

1 Spicy Hot Snacks Are Bad for Young Stomachs

The latest trend in junk food -- extremely spicy chips, snacks and candies -- may be landing the products’ consumers, mostly kids, in the nearest ER or doctor's office. The chips in particular, such as Flamin' Hot Cheetos, can leave young consumers writhing in pain from gastritis, an irritation or erosion of the stomach lining that can result in burning, bloating or vomiting, and ultimately even peptic ulcers. Essentially, overeating super-spicy chips can increase the stomach's acidity level to the degree that it actually eats away at the tissue. The spicy snacks are especially popular in Latino communities, and one Southern California M.D. reports treating a half dozen or more children suffering from gastritis due to spicy treats in an average day.

More at Abclocal.go.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Children and Snacks, Spicy Snack Foods, Spicy Chips, Flamin' Hot Cheetos, Childhood Gastritis, Children's Stomach Aches, Dangerous Snacks, Unhealthy Junk Food

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The War Against Superbugs

2 Last-Line Antibiotics Becoming Ineffective

Antibiotics used as the last line of defense are becoming ineffective against life threatening germs in Europe says the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Last year, more than 5% of infections from Klebsiella pneumoniae, which attacks the urinary and respiratory tracts, were resistant to carbapenems, compared with two countries in 2009. Carbapenems are used to treat germs that have become resistant due to misuse. Because no new antibiotics have been developed over the past 25 years, experts worry that superbugs that afflict 1 in 18 European hospital patients may become incurable. But drug companies are stepping up. Roche Holding AG will pay $544 million for the rights to an experimental drug that targets a leading cause of fatal bacterial infections in hospitals.

More at Www.bloomberg.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: First Gonorrhea Superbug Emerges in Japan

Tags: Antibiotic Resistance, Roche Holding AG, Superbug, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Klebsiella Pneumoniae, Carbapenems

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