Frozen stool samples used for fecal transplantation cured 83.5% of patients with Clostridium difficile infections within 13 weeks, while about 85% of patients who received fresh stool samples were cured, a study found. "Being able to use frozen has really expanded fecal transplantation to a greater number of patients," said researcher Dr. Colleen Kelly of Brown University.
Catherine Duff's recurrent Clostridium difficile infection was cured by fecal microbiota transplant but she had a difficult time getting the procedure. So she started the Carmel, Ind.-based Fecal Transplant Foundation that maintains a database of physicians who perform FMT. She said while the number of procedures performed is increasing, some patients still wait seven months or longer to receive an FMT.
A 77-year-old Minnesota woman, the first Sanford Health patient given a fecal transplant to treat recurrent Clostridium difficile infection, says she has had four months of peace since having the procedure. While most fecal transplant patients get donated stool from a relative or friend, for those who do not have that option, Emory University medical resident Dr. Hunter Johnson has been donating his stool samples for the procedure.
A review of past research concludes that folic acid supplements do not affect cancer risk during the first five years. Researchers at the University of Bergen in Norway said it was suggested in 2007 that higher rates of colorectal cancer in the U.S. and Canada were linked to folic acid fortification programs, but the current study did not substantiate an overall link with five years of supplementation.
A study found 17.3% of patients with chronic hepatitis C had a contraindication to pegylated interferon and ribavirin therapy, but most were treatable or transient. Bipolar disorders, anemia and pregnancy were the most common contraindications, according to researchers from State University of New York in Buffalo. Those with contraindications tended to be white, younger, female, unmarried and covered by public insurance.