Transplanting Feces

13 May

There are types of diseases that require a special treatment. In particular, people that have contracted Clostridium difficile bacteria and have not been able to find a cure, may now have hope?

Dr. Josbert Keller’s completed new study finds

“… that such transplants cured 15 of 16 people who had recurring infections with Clostridium difficile bacteria, whereas antibiotics cured only 3 of 13 and 4 of 13 patients in two comparison groups. The treatment appears to work by restoring the gut’s normal balance of bacteria, which fight off C. difficile.”

The treatment requires that feces from healthy patients is transplanted into the guts of the infected patients.

Have dogs been self- medicating all this time?

The original article quoted above is from the New York Times.

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