Faeces-smeared fake hands used in OCD trial
A new type of therapy using faeces and fake rubber hands may be able to help patients with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) overcome their fears of touching contaminated surfaces, a pilot study suggests.
Traditional exposure therapy often involves instructing OCD patients to touch contaminated surfaces, such as a toilet seat, and then to not wash their hands.
It aims to help patients control their fears in a safe, managed environment, but many find it too difficult and cannot even begin therapy.
The UK and US trial involved 29 patients