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June 15, 2015
Category: Gastrointestinal
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Peptic ulcers are painful sores on the lining of the esophagus, stomach or small intestine, and they affect approximately 50 million Americans each year, according to a 2007 study in the journal American Family Physician.

Physicians long thought that stress and spicy food caused people to develop the sores — an explanation that seemed to make sense, given that ulcer patients often complain about burning pain after eating spicy food. So for almost 100 years, doctors prescribed a treatment involving rest and a bland diet.

In 1982, Australian researchers Barry Marshall and Robin Warren discovered that the real culprit behind ulcers is the bacterium Helicobacter pylori, which burrows into the stomach's mucosal lining. Thanks to this finding, doctors have come up with a better treatment for ulcers: antibiotics.

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