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Question: Is Helicobacter pylori associated with any diseases outside the gastrointestinal tract in humans?

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

Answer: Yes. Many studies report an association between H. pylori and ischemic heart disease. Although the studies vary in methods and results, there appears to be a small but consistent excessive risk of ischemic heart disease in patients infected with H. pylori. It is theorized that higher serum cytokine levels induced by H. pylori infection […]

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Question: What is the role of vaccination in the prevention of Helicobacter pylori?

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

Answer: Vaccines against H. pylori have proved effective in preventing infection in animals, but no safe vaccine is available for large-scale human use. Development of a preventive or therapeutic vaccine remains an important area of research. Reference:  Sutton P, Lee A: Review article: Helicobacter pylori vaccines-the current status. Aliment Pharmacol Ther 14:1107-1118, 2000.

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