October 28th, 2014 at 10:55 am
Frozen poop pills can help fight life-threatening intestinal infections
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The pills take the place of fecal transplants, which have gained credibility in recent years as a method of treating Clostridium difficile infection, but which require delivery by enema or a tube down the digestive system. Scientists say the pills, which contain filtered, healthy fecal matter, offer a cheap, convenient and safer way to “make the medicine go down.”
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In a small and preliminary trial, the pills cured the diarrhea symptoms in 19 out of 20 people with mild to moderate C. difficile infections. Each patient popped 30 of the pills over a two-day period, and their bowel movements fell from a median of 5 per day to 1 per day eight weeks later. Fourteen of the 20 patients were cured after the first two-day treatment, and five others — sicker than the rest — were cured after a second two-day, 30-pill treatment.
Further, not a single participant showed adverse side effects due to the pills. Researchers published their findings Saturday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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Disgusting? Yup. Practical? Yup. Saves lives? Cheap? Yup. Easy? Yup!
So how will Big Pharma and the FDA keep this off the market?
Anyone, who has spent any time around old folks in hospitals or nursing homes, knows how bad this infection is.
Makes everyone unhappy. And, sometimes weakens and kills.
Infection control is … cumbersome. And, this isn’t Ebola, but it runs through hospitals and nursing homes like a wildfire.
My sainted aunt had it three or four times. It made her embarrassed, uncomfortable, and miserable.
(She’d have never taken the pills if she knew what was in it. But, I’d have looked her right in the eye and lied like a politician running for reelection!)
Hope this gets a speedy approval.
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