Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Health Effects of Heliobacter Pylori in Water Supplies

Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Health Effects of Heliobacter Pylori in Water Supplies

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Research has shown that Heliobacter pylori bacteria cause at least 75 percent of stomach ulcers and two types of stomach cancer, writes Morgan Powell, P.E., water quality engineer at Kansas State University Research and Extension Service, Biological and Agricultural Engineering. About five million people in the United States have peptic-ulcer disease, and 2.5 million new cases of H. pylori infections occur each year. The health risk for people infected with H. pylori is very high: About one in five people get peptic-ulcer disease, about one in 200 people get gastric adinocarcinoma, and about 16,000 people die each year in the United States as a result of complications from peptic-ulcer disease. Each year, nearly 23,000 new cases of gastric adinocarcinoma are diagnosed in the United States, and about 13,500 people die from this disease. Gastric cancer has a five-year survival rate of only about 12 percent.

Recent research at Penn State University-Harrisburg (PSU) has shown a statistically significant link between people who have peptic-ulcer disease and H. …

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