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Stool Transplant Soothes Tough-to-Treat Colitis in Study

Posted 23 May 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 23, 2016 – Stool transplants helped ease debilitating symptoms and heal the colons of tough-to-treat ulcerative colitis patients, new research shows. Australian scientists said the findings could pave the way for such transplants to be used on a more widespread basis. Transferring fecal matter from healthy donors into these patients alters the composition of their gut bacteria, circumventing one of the drivers of ulcerative colitis, experts said. "We were not completely surprised by the study findings, as . . . smaller studies along with unpublished experience suggested repeated fecal microbiota transplantation may be an effective treatment for ulcerative colitis," said study author Dr. Sudarshan Paramsothy, a gastroenterologist at University of New South Wales. "This study shows that [stool transplant] is a very promising therapeutic option for ulcerative colitis ... Read more

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Frozen as Good as Fresh for Fecal Transplant: Study

Posted 12 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 12, 2016 – Researchers say they have verified the effectiveness of a quicker way to rid people of recurring C. difficile bacterial infection. A new clinical trial has shown that frozen stool samples work just as well as freshly donated samples when treating a tough C. difficile infection through a procedure called fecal transplantation. Doctors have used frozen stool samples to treat C. difficile for a couple of years, because the prepackaged samples allow for much easier and swifter treatment than identifying and screening a fresh donor, said lead author Dr. Christine Lee, director of the microbiology residency program at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. "Donor screening can take one to two weeks," Lee said. "If a person requires fecal transplant right away, then that's not possible." The clinical trial showed that patients do not pay a price for the convenience ... Read more

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FDA Permits Marketing of Fecal Continence Restoration System

Posted 21 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

December 18, 2015 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the Fenix Continence Restoration System to treat fecal incontinence in patients who are not candidates for, or have previously failed, medical or other surgical options. Fecal incontinence is the inability to control bowel movements. It is a common problem that is frequently underreported, especially among older adults. The most common cause of fecal incontinence is damage to the muscles around the anus (anal sphincter) from vaginal childbirth or functional disorders such as diabetes. “Non-invasive treatment options for fecal incontinence, such as drugs, dietary changes and other medical measures, sometimes don’t adequately address a patient’s symptoms,” said William Maisel, M.D., M.P.H., acting director of the Office of Device Evaluation in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “The Fenix System ... Read more

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New Device Approved for Fecal Incontinence

Posted 18 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 18, 2015 – The Fenix Continence Restoration System has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat an inability to control bowel movements for people who can't tolerate or use other approved methods. The inability to control the bowels, medically called fecal incontinence, is most often caused by muscle damage from vaginal childbirth or from certain medical disorders such as diabetes, the agency said Friday in a news release. The Fenix system was evaluated in 35 adults, 15 of them from the United States. U.S. trial participants will be examined for five additional years to evaluate the device's performance, the FDA said. The system should not be implanted in people with known or suspected allergies to titanium, stainless steel, nickel or iron. And people who have had the device implanted should not have a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, the ... Read more

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'Scoring System' May Spot Those in Greatest Need of Colonoscopy

Posted 11 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 11, 2015 – Colonoscopy can save lives, but experts agree that testing rates remain too low. Now, researchers say a special scoring system might point to those people at highest risk for colon cancer, who may need the test the most. The system might also make colon cancer screening more efficient and boost the number of people who get checked for the disease, said a team led by Dr. Thomas Imperiale of Indiana University Medical Center, in Indianapolis. One expert said more efforts are needed to get people to undergo colonoscopy, which is currently recommended once every 10 years beginning at age 50. "Five percent of the U.S. population will be diagnosed with colon cancer within their lifetimes," said Dr. Arun Swaminath, director of the inflammatory bowel disease program at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. He was not involved in the new research. Swaminath noted that ... Read more

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