Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Health Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by In a small study, fecal transplants ended a persistent, dangerous gut infection just as effectively as drugs. ByGina Kolata June 2, 2018 The bacteria can take over a person’s intestines and be difficult to eradicate. The infection causes fever, vomiting, cramps and diarrhea so severe that it kills 14,000 people a year in the United States alone. The first line of treatment for the attacking microbes, called Clostridium difficile, is antibiotics. But a group of Norwegian researchers asked if something more unusual — an enema containing a stew of bacteria from feces of healthy people — might work just as well. The answer, according to a report today in the New England Journal of Medicine, is yes. Until now, there has never been a multicenter clinical trial investigating so-called fecal transplants … [Read more...] about Antibiotics Didn’t Cure Their Infections. Fecal Bacteria Did.
Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Poop transplants work as well as antibiotics to treat a common and deadly cause of diarrhea, and perhaps even better, researchers reported Saturday. Their small and unusual study suggests that doctors should try fecal transplants right off when patients in the hospital get infected with Clostridium difficile, a frequent cause of diarrhea in frail and sick patients. Their carefully cultivated and curated samples cured half the patients who tried them right away, the Norwegian team reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. And most of those that weren’t cured with a single transplant saw their diarrhea clear up when they were given antibiotics later. “This was a small trial, but the results suggest that fecal microbiota transplantation may be an alternative to antibiotic therapy in primary C. difficile infection,” Dr. Frederick Juul of Oslo … [Read more...] about Poop transplants work as well as antibiotics for severe diarrhea
HUFFPOST PERSONAL 05/29/2018 09:13 am ET Tracy TuftGuest Writer If you had once told me that someday I would not only agree to have someone else’s poop put inside my body, but would enthusiastically welcome it, I never would have believed you. I, like most people, would have been repulsed by the very idea. But when you’re fighting for your life, the ick factor just doesn’t matter. My unexpected encounter with a fecal transplant began in May 2011, when I developed a tooth infection that required an antibiotic. I was on an immunosuppressant drug for my multiple sclerosis, which made me more susceptible to infections. I’d never heard of Clostridium difficile, a potentially life-threatening bacterium more commonly known as C. diff, and so I didn’t know I was even more vulnerable to developing it while taking a strong antibiotic. In my mind, I felt safe from infections because of the antibiotic. Little did I know what was awaiting me. A couple … [Read more...] about I Had A Fecal Transplant And It Saved My Life
Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Bacteria that normally thrive on healthy skin may not only keep “bad” bacteria at bay — they may also help prevent skin cancer, researchers reported Wednesday. They found Staphylococcus epidermidis bacteria, a strain that lives harmlessly on human skin, produces a substance that stops tumors from growing. Tests on mice showed that the molecule produced by the bacteria interferes with tumors but not normal skin cells. "This unique strain of skin bacteria produces a chemical that kills several types of cancer cells but does not appear to be toxic to normal cells,” said Dr. Richard Gallo, who chairs the Department of Dermatology at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. "We showed activity against melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma and ultraviolet-induced precancerous lesions." The team was simply looking for evidence that … [Read more...] about Could these bacteria stop skin cancer?
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 by: Zoey Sky Tags: autoimmune disease, badhealth, badmedicine, biology, bowel diseases, disease treatments, DIY remedies, fecal implants, fecal transplants, gastrointestinal microbiota, gut flora, gut microbiota, health trends, Hepatitis, HIV, human biology, infectious diseases, Microbes, superbugs, weird science (Natural News) Various health trends come and go depending on how effective they are, but here’s one for the books: experts are warning people against DIY fecal transplants, which can reportedly address autoimmune and bowel diseases. This dangerous trend can increase an individual’s risk of hepatitis and HIV along with various conditions like multiple sclerosis, obesity, Parkinson’s, and even sleep disorders. The DIY trend involving fecal transplants became popular after a surge of studies have implied a connection between gut microbes and numerous health problems that range from anxiety to … [Read more...] about People desperate for relief from autoimmune and bowel diseases are trying DIY fecal transplants – with disastrous results