Stress strikes back on peptic ulcers

People with anxiety disorders are more than four times as likely to develop a peptic ulcer as those without the condition, according to a prospective 10-year study.

The findings challenge the widely held view that H. pylori is largely responsible for the onset of the disease, say the researchers, who include Professor Nick Talley of the University of Newcastle.

H. pylori has been accepted as the primary infective cause of ulcers since 1984, when Perth microbiologist Professor Barry