Technology is being developed in Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children to detect infections in premature babies before they even occur. This extremely sensitive monitoring system alerts the physician if a life-threatening infection in the baby could occur, before they show any outward detectable signs. It pulls its indications from tell-tale changes in the baby’s heart rate, body temperature, respiratory rate, and blood pressure up to 24 hours before the infection really takes hold. This allows time for the physician to take measures to prevent the infection from occurring in the first place.
How far would you go to cure a C. diff infection? For those who have experienced the suffering associated with such infections, the answer is probably as far as possible. This question brings light to an increasingly promising, yet somewhat controversial treatment for C. diff: the fecal transplant. Just as the name suggests, this treatment utilizes healthy stool from a donor to restore the bacterial balance in the C.diff patient’s G.I. tract. As unappealing as this treatment might sound, it appears to be highly effective.
A recent study investigating the public perception of the treatment suggests that while most individuals do view the treatment as rather off-putting, most would utilize the procedure if necessary. This is especially true in cases where the procedure is recommended by the patient’s doctor. This small study is helping researchers to better understand the reasons behind some doctors’ refusal to utilize fecal transplants as a treatment method. Such doctors generally blame the patient’s own refusal to undergo the procedure as the main reason for not embracing the option. Read More