How videos of fake faeces can help patients with OCD

Just a touch of a 'contaminated' object has been shown to be effective

Peanut butter, toilet paper, soap and a smartphone — it’s an atypical list for an e-health intervention.

Washing hands

But combined they’ve proved surprisingly effective for patients with OCD-like symptoms, a study in Nature Scientific Reports suggests.

Researchers from the University of Cambridge and the University of California came up with the idea of videoing the patients reacting to touching a ‘contaminated’ object.

In one case, the patients were