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Popular drugs could cause risk for broken bones

  Popular drugs like Nexium, Prevacid and Prilosec can knockout heartburn but taking them for a year or more may also increase the rick of a broken hip.

  Researchers speculate when the drugs reduce acid in the stomach, they also make it more difficult for the body to absorb bone-building calcium.

  That can lead to weaker bones and fractures in people over 50.

  Experts say doctors may want to rethink giving the pills to certain patients long term.

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