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Toilet Talk

Scientists are investigating an unusual, but strangely appropriate, cure for the trots.

The latest cure for diarrhea is. . . fecal matter?

This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science

Saying, don't poo-poo the idea just yet!

At least in cases of the Clostridium difficile (kloh-STRI-dee-um DIFF-ih-sill) superbug, which infects colons and spreads in hospitals.

C-diff, as it's often called, attacks patients on antibiotics, when their good bacteria are killed along with the bad.

Without the good guys, C-diff runs rampant, causing an almost permanent case of the trots.

Doctors have long scratched their heads over how to treat the potentially deadly problem.

But now, scientists at St Mary's/Duluth Clinic in Minnesota have an answer. They say that donated poop can release patients from their misery.

Researchers treated patients with a dose of a close relative's healthy Number Two, mixed with saline and administered directly into the patient's bowels.

The process--which takes a mere hour-- repopulates the gut with the healthy stool's good bacteria. Diarrhea disappears in 90 percent of the cases.

The difficult part? Finding a doctor willing to do the procedure. It's a crappy job, but someone's got to do it. Ba dump bump.


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