Study: Fecal transplants cure 15 of 16 C. diff patients

A study from the Netherlands showed fecal transplantation cured 15 of 16 patients with recurring Clostridium difficile infections, compared with only three and four in two groups of 13 patients who were given antibiotics. Researchers said about 500 people worldwide have had the procedure. Gastroenterologist Dr. Colleen Kelly at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative in Providence, R.I., called the study important and said she hoped it would “encourage people to change their practice patterns and offer this treatment more.” The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/16)