Your New Wonder Cure: Fecal Transplants
Patients with bacterial infection are good as new after treatment, says study
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2013 2:40 PM CST
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(Newser) – Gross-sounding, yes. But "fecal transplants" work like a charm for patients suffering bacterial ailments, according to new research. The Netherlands study found that people with the common Clostridium difficile infection, or CDI, were quickly cured after receiving the feces of a healthy donor. (It can be diluted and transferred via enema.) The results were so compelling that researchers cut the study short so patients in the control group could be treated, reports the Los Angeles Times.

"It's a strange concept to use stool, which has always been looked on as something dirty," says a gastroenterologist who wasn't involved in the study but has long used the treatment. "We're entering a very exciting new chapter in medicine." The idea goes back centuries, but this is the first controlled study to document its effectiveness. The transplanted feces "appears to work by restoring the gut’s normal balance of bacteria," explains the New York Times.

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InferiorToYou
Jan 18, 2013 1:55 PM CST
This is going to raise the price of shit burgers in Japan http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/16/scientist-poop-burger-video_n_878210.html
Zero_for_President
Jan 18, 2013 12:37 PM CST
Maybe a fecal transplant would help Congress "restore balance"- not vote 87% for a fascist police state with NDAA 2012 death camps (where after article 1031 arrest by the military, you have no article 1032 rights to trial "for duration of hostilities.") What, you don' t know that? Stupid Americans http://www.JustBelieve2012.com
ON_the_Fence
Jan 18, 2013 9:15 AM CST
Well.... we have blood drives.... is this the next "Mobile" to make the parking lot?