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New Feces Pill Could Cure Bacterial Infections Saving Many Lives

Saving around 28,000 Brits And Americans

By: Avi Bhunjun  |@AviBhunjun
 on 14th October 2014 @ 10.47pm
the power of the new poop pill is groundbreaking © Discover Magazine
The power of the new poop pill is groundbreaking

According to the NHS, Clostridium difficile “is a type of bacterial infection that can affect the digestive system. It most commonly affects people who have been treated with antibiotics.

Some antibiotics can interfere with the natural balance of normal bacteria in the gut that protects against C. difficile infection.” The symptoms include diarrhoea, fever and painful abdominal cramps. Symptons usually appear towards the end of a course of antibiotics or after the course has been completed.

It is reported that this infection kills up to 14,000 Americans a year however new faecal matter in pill form has been developed as a treatment replacing the faecal transplants, which have gained reliability in recent years as a method of treating Clostridium difficile.

According to Discover Magazine, the process of encapsulating the excreta was created by:

“Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, start with stool from healthy donors in a saline solution. The contents are filtered to extract helpful bacteria, and the cocktail is then piped into pill capsules and subsequently frozen. Patients pop the pills straight out of the freezer, where they can be stored for up to 250 days.”

the bacterium enterococcus faecalis is lives in the human gut © LA Times
The bacterium Enterococcus faecalis is lives in the human gut

Principally the drugs should work in a similar way to the faecal transplants also. Evidence has proved this with great success, Discover Magazine said:

“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.”

This provides great knowledge in this field of medicine and health because the elderly are especially at risk and may be able to cure the C. Diff infection which has proven to be fatal in some severe cases. Traditional treatment include more antibiotics such as, vancomycin and metronidazole and usually clear up within 7 – 10 days. However these news pills could potentially reduce the time in half.

tags: Drugs | Health

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