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Are You a Prospective Poop Donor?


“Potential stool donors currently must fill out a questionnaire similar to that of blood donors, and undergo blood and stool tests prior to their donation to "make sure you aren't giving anyone stool that could harm them," McSweeney said.

For example, the first U.S. stool bank, OpenBiome, requires that donors fill out a 200-point clinical questionnaire and take more than two dozen blood and stool screens.

Dr. Colleen Kelley is an assistant professor of gastroenterology with the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, in Providence. "There is a very high bar to be a stool donor," she said. "OpenBiome rejects 97 percent of the donors who apply."

Read more: https://health.usnews.com/health-care/articles/2018-06-05/are-you-a-prospective-poop-donor

Here's Why People Are Donating Their Poop to Science


“At 40 bucks a poop, fecal donors can cash in on their flushings – and improve others' health.

"It's harder to be a stool donor at OpenBiome than it is to be accepted into Harvard or MIT – that's the level of rigor it takes," says Dr. Majdi Osman, an internal medicine physician and the nonprofit's clinical program director. That's because most of the chosen stool will eventually end up in someone else's colon; if it's not carefully screened, the recipient could wind up with any number of medical conditions with potential links to the microbiome.”

Read more: https://health.usnews.com/health-care/patient-advice/articles/2018-05-10/heres-why-people-are-donating-their-poop-to-science

Fecal Transplant Increasingly Seen As an Option to Treat a Nasty Superbug


“…while research to date shows fmt to be safe and effective, experts note that studies haven't yet been done to determine what long-term risks of fmt could be. "None of us want to do any harm to the patients, and I think that's the one thing that's just kind of in the back of our minds is we don't have really long-term data," Parian says.

The primary known risk is passing along disease or infection in stool. "The stool can have microscopic amounts of blood in it. So we really treat it like a regular organ transplant," Parian says. "So we test them for really everything that could be passed with the blood as well as within the stool. Of course we make sure to screen all the donors." Or she adds they use stool purchased from a non-profit stool bank called OpenBiome, just outside of Boston, that carefully screens donors, and provides liquefied stool preparations to clinicians and researchers for fmt.”

Read more: https://health.usnews.com/health-care/patient-advice/articles/2018-03-13/fecal-transplant-increasingly-seen-as-an-option-to-treat-a-nasty-superbug