‘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.'”

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Study: Unused Paper Towels Still Contain Bacteria

Researchers say they’ve found bacteria, including some that are known to make people sick, in unused paper towels. They also found that those bacteria could be transferred to hands after washing. The study is published in the American Journal of Infection Control. It did not find any illnesses connected to paper towel use.

Experts say the findings are probably most important for people in hospital isolation units and those with weakened immune function who need to be extra cautious about contact with germs.

Researchers at Laval University in Canada tested six brands of commercial paper towels — the kind doled out in many public bathrooms. They found bacteria in all of them, but the towels made from recycled fibers were the most heavily contaminated. Bacterial slime is known to be a problem at recycled paper mills, where it corrodes machines and may damage finished paper sheets. Bacteria may thrive in recycled paper because it contains binding ingredients like starches and fillers that serve as food. Most of the bacteria found in paper towels were Bacillus bacteria. Many Bacilluss trains can produce toxins that cause food poisoning.

Until more is known, experts agree that this one study shouldn’t be a reason for healthy people to avoid paper towels. She says 20 seconds with soap and water is still the rule, especially after activities that dramatically increase exposure to germs, like handing raw meat. Golden says air dryers, if they’re available, may be the healthiest and most environmentally responsible option of all.

 

Source: WebMD.com

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