‘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

Image: My Health News Daily

British Athletes Warned Against Shaking Hands at the Olympics

The British Olympic Association has warned its athletes not to shake hands with other athletes, visitors and dignitaries during the upcoming Summer Olympics due to fears of spreading illnesses. It is feared that sickness could affect the British medal count.

Oh, you cheeky Brits, it’s cute that you think the reason you won’t be winning medals will be because of infectious disease. (Joking. Great Britain was fourth overall with 47 medals at the last Olympics and figures to improve on that total in 2012.)

The BOA later backed off from the severity of the statement, tweeting that athletes should use common sense. Common sense and hand sanitizer.


How is thing going to work, exactly? What is a British runner supposed to do if a foreign counterpart offers a congratulatory handshake? Smother herself in Purell before accepting? When a British diver wins a medal, how does he accept it from the elderly gentleman handing it to him? With a celebratory chest bump? Is it cool to wear gloves during events, thus avoiding post-event hand-to-hand contact? All these questions really should have been covered in the etiquette guide.

Shoot, it’s a good thing protocol dictates that subjects bow to the Queen rather than shake hands. It could have been a little awkward for athletes to fist bump her during the Opening Ceremony.

Source: Yahoo News

Image: The Telegraph