c. diff

It was one of the grossest decisions I ever made -- but also one of the best.
Companies are trying to take the "ick" factor out of fecal transplants.
It's a clean, fast and effective medical procedure.
As if going to the hospital weren't bad enough.
“Some people do just fine with the antibiotic treatment,” said McDonald during the briefing. “But it is a problem that we’re
C. diff (a bacteria that causes severe diarrhea) infections are increasing in incidence and severity. On the front lines of the C. diff epidemic, I understand how powerful and effective FMT is. After seeing how well FMT works, it seemed ridiculous that this therapy wasn't more widely available.
"It is FDA's duty to ensure that a drug is safe, effective and does not expose a patient to unreasonable risks," FDA spokesperson
People with recurrent C. diff infection have been found to also have intestinal dysbiosis, or an imbalance of gut bacteria. Yet the treatment of C. diff infection -- the antibiotic vancomycin -- induces dysbiosis itself. Scratching your head? You're not alone.
Now, this study has not been written up and peer reviewed yet, so there is a chance it's a fluke. But I doubt it. In a recent
Despite the ick factor, most patients would opt for a fecal transplant if they needed one, according to a recent study published
HuffPost Senior Science Correspondent Cara Santa Maria talks about how fecal transplants may be a permanent cure for digestive diseases.
But finally, the cure came in a very unusual, but notoriously effective, method: to transfer some of his wife's fecal matter
I can only hope that healthcare reform will eliminate the reasons why nurses and other healthcare workers repeatedly giggle dismissively as they say that hospitals are the worst place to be if you are sick, that they are hotbeds for infection.