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  •  However.... (4.00)
    "Patients who were treated with acid suppressants developed pneumonia 4.5 times (95% CI, 3.8-5.1) more often than those who never used the drugs, but this association was not adjusted for potential confounders."
    from  http://www.merckmedicus.com/pp/us/hcp/hcp_newsarticle.jsp?newsid=321763&newsgroup=2

    So the 'little purple pill' many people take can reduce that caustic stomach environment and lead to more people developing pneumonia, or so news reports seem to indicate.

    •  unadjusted for potential confounders (none)
      True - but that is the unadjusted result.

      Examining current use and adjusting for confounders the association is still significant, but much more modest (OR=1.27, 95%CI 1.06-1.54).

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