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Until quite recently, it was believed that peptic ulcers were caused by stress and lifestyle and that the most effective treatment was a bland diet and rest. However, in 1982, two Australian medical researchers (Barry J Marshall and J Robin Warren) discovered the bacterium Helicobacter pylori and demonstrated its role in gastritis and peptic ulcer disease.1 Thanks to this discovery, millions of people worldwide are now cured of peptic ulcer with a short regimen of antibiotics and acid secretion inhibitors.
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