It’s Friday and I couldn’t help sharing this amusing but incredible story I saw on someone’s Facebook page: “Faecal transplants defeat superbug“, The Age, Jan 17, 2013.
Yes, faecal transplants. Poo. It does good stuff. In a recent study it actually did better than most antibiotics to kill the really nasty superbug Clostridium difficile. You can read the original article (full text, woohoo!) from The New England Journal of Medicine here: http://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMoa1205037
According to The Age article the success rate was so high that they actually had to stop the study. The reason is that the study would have used two groups, one receiving the transplants and a control group that wasn’t so that they could compare how successful the transplants were. And they worked so well that they thought it wouldn’t be fair to keep the people assigned to the control group from receiving the treatment. That’s not something that happens very often, so we may soon be able to say that this is a major breakthrough.
Blood donors – are you ready to donate poo?