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Study: Frozen poop pills may make fecal transplants simpler and safer
Study: Frozen poop pills may make fecal transplants simpler and safer

Would you swallow frozen poop in a pill? What if you were infected by a stubborn strain of Clostridium difficile and suffering from diarrhea bad enough to send you to a hospital? It may – OK, probably does – sound gross. But researchers are embracing the concept of treating repeat C. difficile infections with fecal transplants. The idea is that a healthy person’s poop contains the right mix of gut bacteria to keep the gastrointestinal tract running smoothly. By transplanting a sample from that microbiome into a person whose gut has been colonized by C. difficile, the recipient can get his or her GI tract back in working order. Americans spend an estimated $3.2 billion...

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