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Pills made from healthy people's poop can cure serious bowel infections, doctors report
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, October 3, 2013 11:04 AM EDT
It sounds disgusting but could solve a serious problem. Doctors have found a way to put healthy people's poop into pills that can cure gut infections.
Canadian researchers extracted the bacteria, packed it in capsules and gave it to patients with severe intestinal infections. All 27 were cured after failing to get better on strong antibiotics.
Doctors think the pills hold great promise. Half a million Americans get these infections each year.
Results were reported Thursday at an infectious diseases conference in San Francisco.