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    $635 poop pills cure deadly gastrointestinal infection
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    sheba_q posted:
    The country's first stool bank, OpenBiome, is now selling capsules of fecal matter to treat life-threatening Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, infections.

    The $635 pill-based therapy, a type of fecal transplant, is highly effective against the difficult-to-treat gastrointestinal infection, according to results of a pilot study. A single dose, which includes a whopping 30 pills, cured 70 percent of patients. A second dose bumped the success rate up to 94 percent. The treatment, currently being sold only to doctors, may offer an easier alternative to other effective fecal transplant routes, namely colonoscopies, nasal tubes, and enemas.

    Full article: http://arstechnica.com/science/2015/11/635-poop-pills-cure-deadly-gastrointestinal-infection/


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