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Thu Jan 17, 2013, 03:38 PM

Fecal transplant more effective than antibiotics for bacterial infection: study

While many people might be more comfortable taking pills to fight off a dangerous infection, it turns out that there may be a more effective treatment: excrement.

A new study found that fecal transplants can be a dramatically more effective course of treatment than antibiotics in the case of at least one kind of bacterial infection, reported the Los Angeles Times.

The study found that transplanting the feces of a healthy individual into someone with the infection Clostridium difficile, or CDI, which kills about 100,000 people annually, cured three times as many people as those who took just antibiotics.

In fact, the study ended early because the researchers decided it would be unethical to continue to provide some participants with only antibiotics, reported the New York Times.

Fecal transplants has garnered more interest recently, as bacteria have become more resistant to antibiotics, although records of the treatment can be found as far back as the 4th century in China.

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http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/01/17/fecal-transplant-more-effective-than-antibiotics-for-bacterial-infection-study/

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Reply Fecal transplant more effective than antibiotics for bacterial infection: study (Original post)
AgingAmerican Jan 2013 OP
appleannie1 Jan 2013 #1
AgingAmerican Jan 2013 #3
get the red out Jan 2013 #4
muriel_volestrangler Jan 2013 #12
cthulu2016 Jan 2013 #6
Zoeisright Jan 2013 #9
NoOneMan Jan 2013 #2
Scuba Jan 2013 #5
denverbill Jan 2013 #7
AgingAmerican Jan 2013 #8
Fumesucker Jan 2013 #10
zappaman Jan 2013 #11

Response to AgingAmerican (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 03:41 PM

1. Can't they isolate the good bacteria and leave the fecal matter part in the toilet?

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Response to appleannie1 (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 03:45 PM

3. Transplant

Does that mean they take poo from the patient and replace it with poo from the 'doner?'

Hopefully it doesn't mean they inject it or something. Serious yuck factor either way...

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Response to AgingAmerican (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 03:47 PM

4. As long as it's not ingested orally

No way, no how; though my dog swears by it.

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Response to get the red out (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 08:21 PM

12. Not exactly orally; but it doesn't sound pleasant (ie don't read on unless you really want to know)

You wouldn't taste anything, but ...

The remaining 16 volunteers had a brief treatment with vancomycin, combined with bowel lavage, followed by the infusion of 500 milliliters of diluted donor feces through a tube that went into the nose, down the throat, past the stomach and into the small intestine.

http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/16/16550799-fecal-transplant-may-relieve-severe-diarrhea

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Response to appleannie1 (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 03:48 PM

6. Perhaps not. (We can't take cancer cells out one-by-one either)

That said, the question would be whether they could culture the desired microbes.

But again, maybe not. (?)

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Response to appleannie1 (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 07:58 PM

9. Hopefully that's coming.

Right now, transplanting the fecal matter works. It cured 15 out of 16 patients, while antibiotics only cured 7 out of 27.

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Response to AgingAmerican (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 03:43 PM

2. Explaining why I am now selling my special sauce on eBay

 

Not to be confused with my original special sauce formula.

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Response to AgingAmerican (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 03:47 PM

5. Fecal transplants are actually quite common ....

... explains why so many Republicans have shit for brains.

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Response to AgingAmerican (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 04:01 PM

7. The drug companies ain't gonna like that shit. n/t

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Response to denverbill (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 07:57 PM

8. Nope

n/t

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Response to AgingAmerican (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 08:01 PM

10. Who knew that TGOC was actually a medical treatment?

And no, if you don't know what the acronym means I'm not telling you.

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Response to AgingAmerican (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 08:03 PM

11. Holy shit!

On second thought, who gives a crap?

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