Faecal transplants wipe out C. difficile

Faecal transplantation has taken a leap towards the mainstream, with the first randomised trial of the procedure finding it was effective against antibiotic-resistant diarrhoea.

Long viewed as a fringe therapy lacking high-level evidence, faecal transplants were shown to boost cure rates threefold in patients with recurrent Clostridium difficile infections, compared to treatment with antibiotics alone.

The results, published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine (online), come as the