Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Area Research: Gum Helps Fight Ulcers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Area Research: Gum Helps Fight Ulcers

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Here are some recent developments in medicine and health care in the St. Louis metro area:

A medicated chewing gum could help ease some of the aches and pains of stomach ulcers, doctors say.

Researchers have reported success with a chewing gum that eradicates or reduces a nasty bacterium that can cause peptic ulcer disease. "It shouldn't take too long to know if this works," said Dr. Raymond Mohrman. He's with the Gastrointestinal Laboratory at DePaul Health Center in Bridgeton. Current therapy for eradicating the offensive bacterium - it's called H. pylori - involves using antibiotics. But the organism in the stomach can be resistant to the drugs. Researchers believe the bacterium is heavily present in dental plaque and in the gums in patients with ulcers. Some doctors suspect that recurrence of ulcers is promoted by reinfection of the stomach by saliva containing H. pylori in the mouth. "It needs to be proven that that is a major reservoir of reinfection and the gums are really to blame," said Mohrman. "If that is the case, then this may be a good approach." In a preliminary trial with more than two dozen patients, the medicated gum reportedly was able to eradicate or reduce H. pylori in all the patients. Cream Eases The Scream Doctors at Washington University School of Medicine are using lasers to remove unwanted hair in an almost painless way thanks to a relatively new topical anesthetic cream. The cream can be smeared on an area of the body and effectively anesthetize it. Dr. George Hruza says using the cream and a ruby laser can eliminate unwanted body hair quicker and with less pain than electrolysis. "There is a big interest in it. The market is actually very large," said Hruza, one of a handful of doctors in the metro area who use lasers for hair removal. He says it is mainly used for women wanting to get rid of mustaches or unwanted chin hair, and for "bikini lines. …

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