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.
Let's make potentially life-saving fecal transplants an option for all patients.
While preliminary, a new study suggests targeting gut bacteria may hold promise.
This may explain why obesity runs in families.
It's a clean, fast and effective medical procedure.
One of the most interesting fields of study today is the gut-brain axis, a burgeoning topic with vast implications that we are now, for the first time, starting to appreciate.
“Some people do just fine with the antibiotic treatment,” said McDonald during the briefing. “But it is a problem that we’re
"Numerous reports have shown that FMT is effective in treating active C. difficile infection and preventing recurrences in
Even though greater access to mass DNA sequencing technology and the emergence of bioinformatics has given us the ability to study the four pounds of microorganisms that make up the microbiome in greater detail, there's still much more that we can learn about the body's "unsung organ."
The more we've learned about the importance of our resident microbes, the more we've learned about the need and opportunity to learn more. The process may be likened to climbing a hill, and then gaining a view of the higher hills and mountains beyond. There is a lot of climbing left to do.
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.
By: Rachael Rettner, MyHealthNewsDaily Senior Writer Published: 05/29/2013 06:16 PM EDT on LiveScience The study originally
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.
Of course, most patients aren’t exactly thrilled with the suggestion of shoving someone else’s bowel movements up their rectums
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