‘Poop Transplants’ Effective In Treating Intestinal Bacterial Infection

'Poop Transplants' Effective In Treating Intestinal Bacterial Infection“Poop transplants” are an effective way to treat people with one type of intestinal bacteria infection, a new study shows.

Researchers transplanted fecal matter fr0m healthy people into the colons of people infected with the notoriously hard-to-treat Clostridium difficile bacteria, which causes severe, watery diarrhea. The researchers found that 46 out of 49 patients got better within a week of the treatment. The transplant works because stool from healthy people, when mixed with warm water and delivered via a tube into patients’ colons, helps re-establish the normal balance of bacteria in the intestine.

‘People die from this’

“C. diff is a serious infection — people die from this. With this treatment, the cure rate is close to 100 percent,” said study researcher Dr. Mayur Ramesh, an infectious disease physician at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.


C. diff infections are linked to 14,000 deaths in the U.S. yearly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s believed that antibiotics may disrupt the normal balance of bacteria species in the intestine, giving C. diff bacteria a chance to thrive.  Patients with C. diff infections are typically treated with the antibiotics metronidazole or vancomycin; however, these drugs don’t work for everyone, the researchers said. In severe cases, patients may need surgery to remove the infected parts of their intestines.

‘Ick factor’

The patients were not much bothered by the possible ick factor of the treatment, Ramesh told MyHealthNewsDaily. “These patients, they suffer so much from their symptoms,” he said. “When I tell them about this treatment, they say, ‘wow, that makes sense, go ahead and do it.'”

Would you go for a “poop transplant” if your life depended on it? Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas with us!

Source: Yahoo News

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5 Things Ladies Do Better Than Gents

Over at Cosmo, we love men. But we kept coming across tons of studies proving women have some amazing abilities that men lack. So, we rounded up some of our favorites. Hello, ego boost!

1. We’re cleaner.
A study from San Diego State University of offices across the U.S. found that men’s desks and offices are germier than women’s. Researchers discovered that men had anywhere from 10 to 20 percent more bacteria in their workspaces than women-and scientists say it’s because they tend to be less hygenic. Ick.

2. We evolve hotter.
A recent study revealed that women are getting better looking through evolution; meanwhile, men are staying the same. After following more than 2,000 people through four decades of life, the study showed that attractive women had 16 percent more children than average-looking chicks and that beautiful people are 36 percent more likely to have a daughter as their firstborn. All those gorgeous daughters mean more beautiful women than in past generations.


3. We survive car accidents more often.
Men are 77 percent more likely to die in a car accident than women, according to a study done by Carnegie Mellon University. Our boyfriends should be thanking us when we nag them to “Wear your seatbelt!”

4. We have stronger immune systems.
A study done by McGill University indicated that estrogen gives women an edge when it comes to fighting off infections. That’s because estrogen confronts a certain enzyme that often hinders the body’s first line of defense against bacteria and viruses.

5. We live longer.
Among the world’s population of those who are over 100 years old, 85 percent are women, according to the New England Centenarian Study. In general, women continue to live five to 10 years longer than men as well. 

No intention to start a gender war here, but do you agree that women are better than men when it comes to the stuff enumerated above?

Source: Yahoo News

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