The Wenatchee World

Weather:

Weather

The latest extended forecast from The Weather Channel

Remove this weather forecast

Tonight

Lo62° Mostly Clear

Tuesday

Hi86° Mostly Sunny

Tuesday Night

Lo61° Partly Cloudy

Wednesday

Hi81° Mostly Sunny

Wednesday Night

Lo58° Partly Cloudy

Thursday

Hi76° Slight Chance Showers

Thursday Night

Lo56° Slight Chance Showers

Friday

Hi74° Chance Showers

Friday Night

Lo54° Chance Showers then Partly Cloudy

Saturday

Hi75° Mostly Sunny

Pills made from poop cure serious gut infections

Send to Kindle
Print This

WASHINGTON — Hold your nose and don’t spit out your coffee: Doctors have found a way to put healthy people’s poop into pills that can cure serious gut infections — a less yucky way to do “fecal transplants.” Canadian researchers tried this on 27 patients and cured them all after strong antibiotics failed to help.

It’s a gross topic but a serious problem. Half a million Americans get Clostridium difficile, or C-diff, infections each year, and about 14,000 die. The germ causes nausea, cramping and diarrhea so bad it is often disabling. A very potent and pricey antibiotic can kill C-diff but also destroys good bacteria that live in the gut, leaving it more susceptible to future infections.

View my options or Sign in