Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Stool Samples for Study

A French hospital had made a public appeal for stool samples. 

On Friday, it suspended the project after being inundated by donors hoping to make a fast buck. 

Professor Harry Sokol (right), the gastroenterologist leading a study on intestinal diseases at the Saint-Antoine hospital in Paris, told AFP they had to cease the program because it had gotten out of control. 

Originally donors were sought via posters at the hospital and at medical schools, offering compensation of 50 euros ($57), if accepted

It seemed someone took a picture of the said poster and it went viral But the message conveyed a somewhat different meaning. People thought it meant: Give us your poo, we'll give you 50 euros. 

The telephone hotline and email were quickly overwhelmed and even the hospital was drowned in calls, with some even showing up in person. 

In fact the rigorous selection progress for the study, on a potential treatment for intestinal inflammation, involved a series of blood and stool tests as well as an extensive interview on a donor's medical history. 

Doctors worldwide are studying fecal transplants, which aim to treat a range of chronic gut diseases by introducing stool bacteria from a healthy person into affected patients to help replenish a normal bacterial balance. 

Fecal transplantation, also known as bacteriotherapy, can help counter symptoms and infections caused by C. difficile colitis, harmful bacteria which can proliferate especially after antibiotic treatment kills off too many beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract. 

Sokol admitted that many people were "devastated" over the project's suspension. 

Yesterday, I was at Jalan Delima 1/1 in Shah Alam, Selangor for the Fonterra Brands Malaysia Toastmasters meeting – where again, I delivered another speech. This time, it was a CC#2 titled What’s New! 

Two more speeches before I wrap up my Competent Communication manual, Round #51.

I was also the General Evaluator.

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