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Review Finds Fecal Transplants Work Well But Need Tight Regulation

Posted 21 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 21, 2015 – The growing use of fecal transplants needs to be carefully controlled, experts say. The therapy is increasingly being used to treat people with life-threatening intestinal infections, such as those caused by the bacterium Clostridium difficile. The procedure involves transferring fecal matter from a healthy donor into the intestine of a patient so that healthy bacteria can re-colonize the bowel. Researchers analyzed available evidence and found that fecal transplants were 85 percent successful in treating patients, compared with 20 percent for standard antibiotic treatment. A recent clinical trial was halted early because fecal transplantation proved so effective, with a 90 percent success rate compared to 26 percent for powerful antibiotics, the researchers noted. After more than 7,000 fecal transplants, few harmful effects have been reported and the ... Read more

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Crohn's, Colitis May Have Genetic Underpinnings, Study Finds

Posted 19 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 – The intestinal bacteria that cause inflammatory bowel disease, which includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, may be inherited, researchers report. The findings, published recently in the journal Genome Medicine, could help in efforts to prevent the disease and treat the 1.6 million Americans with Crohn's or colitis, the study authors added. "The intestinal bacteria, or 'gut microbiome,' you develop at a very young age can have a big impact on your health for the rest of your life," lead author Dan Knights, an assistant professor in the department of computer science and engineering and the Biotechnology Institute at the University of Minnesota, said in a journal news release. "We have found groups of genes that may play a role in shaping the development of imbalanced gut microbes," he explained. The study of 474 adults with inflammatory bowel disease ... Read more

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Deadly Stomach Bug Making Inroads Outside Hospitals

Posted 1 Dec 2009 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 3 – A potentially deadly stomach infection is on the rise outside of hospital settings, especially among the elderly, researchers warn. The germ that causes the condition, known as Clostridium difficile, can create serious symptoms, including diarrhea and an inflammation of the colon, that can be fatal. The infection can be difficult to treat because the bacteria have become immune to some drugs. The bacteria have been found mostly in hospitals, nursing homes and similar facilities. "Recent reports have shown increasing incidence and severity of C. difficile infection, especially in the older population," Dr. Darrell Pardi, a Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist and senior author of a study on the situation, said in a Mayo news release. "Our study examines why the cases are on the rise and who is getting the infection." The findings were presented recently at the American ... Read more

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