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Fri Jan 18, 2013, 05:12 PM

 

(Not the Onion) Feces transplant may help relieve severe diarrhea

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_22393571/feces-transplant-may-help-relieve-severe-diarrhea

Feces transplant may help relieve severe diarrhea

By Gene Emery, Reuters Health
Posted: 01/17/2013 09:36:40 AM PST
Updated: 01/17/2013 09:37:42 AM PST

It may sound like the most unappealing treatment available, but a small new study has concluded that inserting fecal material from a healthy person into the gut of someone with severe diarrhea may cure their problem more effectively than antibiotics.

The study, which appears in the New England Journal of Medicine, involved patients who had repeated bouts of diarrhea caused by a bacterium known as Clostridium difficile. So-called C. diff can take over the intestines after antibiotic treatment has killed off the beneficial bacteria found in the gut.

One transplant of fecal material from a volunteer - with its mix of healthy bacteria - resolved severe diarrhea in 13 out of 16 volunteers. Standard treatment with an antibiotic, in comparison, worked in four of 13 patients.

"This is the first hard evidence that has been provided for the treatment," senior author Dr. Josbert Keller of the University of Amsterdam told Reuters Health.

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CE5 Jan 2013 OP
slackmaster Jan 2013 #1
CE5 Jan 2013 #2
jberryhill Jan 2013 #3
CE5 Jan 2013 #6
ohiosmith Jan 2013 #4
Recursion Jan 2013 #5
Blue_Tires Jan 2013 #7
CE5 Jan 2013 #9
Fire Walk With Me Jan 2013 #8
blm Jan 2013 #10
KittyWampus Jan 2013 #11
DJ13 Jan 2013 #12
angrychair Jan 2013 #13
napoleon_in_rags Jan 2013 #14
Liberal_in_LA Jan 2013 #15
Nye Bevan Jan 2013 #16
Canuckistanian Jan 2013 #17
TexasBushwhacker Jan 2013 #18

Response to CE5 (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 05:13 PM

1. Is there a way to isolate and implant just the disirable bacteria...

 

...with all the icky parts removed?

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Response to slackmaster (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 05:14 PM

2. I would hope that's how they do it.

 

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Response to CE5 (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 05:14 PM

3. Republicans have been using it to treat headaches for years

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 05:16 PM

6. Yeah look at S.E. Cupp

 

Or as I like to call her: "1 Girl 1 Cupp"

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Response to CE5 (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 05:15 PM

4. No shit?!

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Response to CE5 (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 05:16 PM

5. There's some research on this and MS, too

Autoimmune is weird

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Response to CE5 (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 05:18 PM

7. Good luck with that... I'll be happy to just outlast my sicknesses instead...

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 05:19 PM

9. I think it's for people with chronic

 

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Response to CE5 (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 05:19 PM

8. I don't give a shit.

 

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Response to CE5 (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 05:23 PM

10. Can it work on all the sh!t-for-brains running congress?

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Response to CE5 (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 05:27 PM

11. "first hard evidence". It's too easy…..

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Response to CE5 (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 05:27 PM

12. One A Day, now with added fecal matter!

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Response to CE5 (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 05:38 PM

13. I'm not taking any crap from you!

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Response to CE5 (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 05:38 PM

14. This is great medicine.

Some pure, scientific thinker came up with a way to transfer healthy lifeforms into a person who doesn't have them. No fancy pharmaceuticals, no huge cost, just good science. Of course it will be more appealing once they isolate just the effective parts of the healthy fecal matter, probably just the good bacteria... But its good to see science overcoming the "ick" factor.

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Response to napoleon_in_rags (Reply #14)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 06:28 PM

15. +10

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Response to CE5 (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 06:31 PM

16. It sounds disgusting but reading the article, the cure rate is absolutely astounding.

I am in awe of whoever did this kind of out-of-the-box thinking that allows this awful illness to be cured.

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Response to CE5 (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 06:36 PM

17. I've heard of this for more serious problems than diarrhea

There's a lot we dont' know about the interactions of various bacterii in the gut. This therapy promises hope to those with compromised gut flora.

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Response to CE5 (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 06:50 PM

18. I wonder if they tried Florastor first

I had deep, dirty laceration and unrelenting diarrhea after taking a course of heavy antibiotics. First I tried taking Acidophilus but that did nothing. Then I found out about something called Florastor which is specifically for restoring the good bacteria (the flora) in the gut. I only had to take it a couple of days. You can buy it at Walgreens.

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