The CANHelp Working Group links University of Alberta researchers with northern community leaders and health officials in a collaborative effort to investigate H. pylori infection with the goal of finding solutions to community concerns about health risks.
H. pylori is short for Helicobacter pylori. It is the name of bacteria that infect the stomach. About half of the world population has chronic H. pylori infection, which irritates the stomach lining, causing gastritis. Most people with H. pylori infection don't feel sick. Some get long-lasting stomach discomfort and a small percent get serious diseases like stomach ulcers, and much more rarely, stomach cancer.
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The CANHelp Working Group began research in Aklavik, Northwest Territories in 2007 because of the high level of concern within the community about the health risks from H. pylori infection and support for the research offered by the local health care centre. Since then we have been invited to conduct similar projects in diverse communities throughout the Yukon and the Inuvialuit Settlement Region of the Northwest Territories.
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