Depression and some antidepressant medications may raise risk of gut infection

Two studies have found that depression and the use of certain antidepressants are both associated with increased risk for Clostridium difficile infection, an increasingly common cause of diarrhea that in the worst cases can be fatal. Researchers studied 16,781 men and women, average age 68, using hospital records and interviews to record cases of theContinue reading “Depression and some antidepressant medications may raise risk of gut infection”

Abnormal gut bacteria linked to severe malnutrition

There’s more to malnutrition than poor diet. Two complementary studies suggest that microbes have an important role to play in both the onset and treatment of a poorly understood form of malnutrition called kwashiorkor. Malnutrition, the leading cause of death among children worldwide, remains something of a puzzle. It is unclear, for instance, why someContinue reading “Abnormal gut bacteria linked to severe malnutrition”

Fecal transplant cures woman’s bacterial infection

After surviving a near-fatal car accident, Kaitlin Hunter found herself battling a devastating bacterial infection in her colon that also threatened her life. The persistent infection was beaten through a little-known technique involving the transplant of fecal matter from Hunter’s mother, which put healthy bacteria back into her colon. Following the July procedure, “I’ve beenContinue reading “Fecal transplant cures woman’s bacterial infection”