The Power of Poop: Fecal Transplants
If the idea of fecal transplants seems momentarily disquieting, consider that they achieve a 90 percent cure rate for the devastating intestinal infection known as C. diff when antibiotics fail to clear it. Fecal transplants are also being studied as treatment for colitis, Crohn’s disease, and other inflammatory gastrointestinal disorders, and research into their value for urinary tract infections and even Parkinson’s disease is underway. By transferring stool in sterile conditions from a donor to the intestines of someone who is ailing, fecal transplants are designed to introduce a healthy mix of gut bacteria into the body and restore bacterial balance. What’s that good for?
Carolyn EdelsteinCo-Founder and Executive Director, OpenBiome
Garabet YeretssianProgram Director, Crohn's Disease Program, The Leona M. and Harry B. H...
Colleen KraftAssociate Professor of Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine, Emory...
Jonathan LaPookPhysician; Chief Medical Correspondent, NYU Langone Health; CBS News
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