Companies are trying to take the "ick" factor out of fecal transplants.
While preliminary, a new study suggests targeting gut bacteria may hold promise.
It's a clean, fast and effective medical procedure.
“Some people do just fine with the antibiotic treatment,” said McDonald during the briefing. “But it is a problem that we’re
C. diff infections cause about 250,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths in the U.S. each year, according to the statement
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.
ScienceNOW, the daily online news service of the journal Science. Citation: Petrof E.O., Gloor G.B., Vanner S.J., Weese S.J