Poo pills created to fight diarrhoea

EATING human faeces may be the last thing you want to do. But what if it could save your life?

This is one solution doctors are suggesting to treat bacteria called Clostridium difficile (艱難梭菌). If you get the bacteria in your body, it can be very difficult to treat because it is resistant to most antibiotics. People who are infected with it can get very sick with serious diarrhoea. Each year in the United States (美國), 14,000 people die because of it.

Now, researchers have found that pills made of frozen faeces of healthy people can heal infected patients. The mechanism behind this is that healthy bacteria in healthy people can help kill harmful bacteria like Clostridium difficile.