Volume 92 Issue 42 | pp. 29-30 | Concentrates
Issue Date: October 20, 2014

Pills Simplify Fecal Transplants To Treat C. difficile Infections

Swallowing a capsule pits bacteria against bacteria in battle for gastrointestinal health
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Life Sciences
News Channels: Biological SCENE
Keywords: Clostridium, difficile, bacteria, fecal, microbiota, transplant

Clostridium difficile bacteria hospitalize more than 100,000 people in the U.S. every year with gastrointestinal infections. With the pathogens becoming increasingly resistant to conventional antibiotics, some doctors are turning to fecal microbiotic transplants as a treatment. Moving microbes from healthy donors to patients can restore order in an infected gastrointestinal tract. But getting the good bugs in usually requires an invasive procedure. A team of doctors has now developed a transplant in an easy-to-swallow, encapsulated . . .

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