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    Question Ulcerative colitis & other Inflammatory Bowel Disorders

    Who wants to eat monkey worms? Yuch!...

    Parasitic worms 'treat diarrhoea'
    15 November 2012 - Chronic diarrhoea could be treated using parasitic worms, a study of monkeys has suggested.
    Research published in PLOS Pathogens, suggests the treatment restores gut bacteria to a healthy state. Other work in mice has already suggested conditions such as ulcerative colitis could be treated in this way. A UK expert said parasitic worms were being investigated for a range of conditions, including multiple sclerosis and allergies.

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    Inflammatory bowel diseases, like colitis, are often fuelled by a wrongly targeted response by the immune system to gut bacteria. Such diseases are more common in developed countries - and scientists suggest this is because people in developing countries have more exposure to parasitic worm (helminth) infections and therefore have a natural protection that has evolved as people and worms learnt to co-exist.


    Macaque monkeys suffer from a similar bowel condition to humans

    Recent studies have used parasitic worms to successfully treat inflammatory bowel disease in humans, but it is unclear exactly how they do this. This latest study looked at monkeys because young macaques kept in captivity often develop chronic diarrhoea that can be hard to treat. Five macaques with diarrhoea were treated with parasitic worms called whipworms.

    Tissue samples were taken before and after treatment and it was found the balance of gut bacteria was restored to required levels. And four out of five animals had less diarrhoea and started to gain weight. Dr P'ng Loke, of the New York University Langone Medical Center, who led the study, said: "The idea for treating colitis with worms is not new, but how this therapy might work remains unclear.

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    WALT....I SWEAR!! YOU are just the LIFE of the PARTY!!

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    I don't think I would want to. Remember when they use to use maggots and leeches to treat things?
    It seems to be coming back.

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    It'll be the only thing we can afford.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calypso Jones View Post
    WALT....I SWEAR!! YOU are just the LIFE of the PARTY!!
    Don't make him feed you a monkey worm.

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    Let's NOT encourage him. Where is he getting this stuff!

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    Stent 'may help bowel cancer treatment'...

    Bowel cancer: Stents 'may prevent need for colostomy bags'
    Sun, 05 Jun 2016 - A expandable tube, or stent, inserted into the bowels of cancer patients can cut the odds of them needing a colostomy bag, cancer doctors say.
    Bowel cancer patients may avoid the need for colostomy bags if they are first treated by having an expandable tube inserted at the site of their blockage, cancer doctors have said. The new approach, presented at the world's biggest cancer conference, showed that the tube, or stent, cut the risk of complications from surgery. Experts said colostomy bags, to collect faeces, often frightened patients. Globally, nearly 1.4 million cases of bowel cancer are diagnosed each year.

    In the UK, more than a fifth of the cancers go undetected until the tumour blocks the intestines, leaving patients needing emergency surgery. This unplanned surgery has a much higher risk of complications compared with routine surgery. The patient is often in worse health, the swelling caused by the blockage can mean keyhole surgery is not possible so more invasive surgery is needed and there may not be a colorectal specialist surgeon on hand. The death rate goes up from 2% for planned surgery to 12% in emergency bowel cancer surgery.


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    After removing the tumour and surrounding bowel, surgeons are also less likely to be able to re-plumb the bowels. One part of the colon is often hugely distended and the other collapsing in on itself. If it cannot be put back together properly, the risk of needing a colostomy bag soars. A trial on 250 patients was organised by Cancer Research UK. Half were treated with conventional surgery, but the others had a novel procedure to unblock the bowels. Surgeons used an endoscope to find the precise location of the blockage and then positioned a stent at the site of obstruction. When inserted, the tube is just 3mm in diameter. But over 48 hours it expands in response to body heat until it reaches 2.5cm in diameter, creating a new clear passageway through the intestines.

    The tumour is then removed once the bowels have healed and the patient has recovered from the blockage. There was no difference in survival rates between the procedures, but the difference in the need for a colostomy bag was stark. In the emergency patients, 69% needed a bag to rid their bodies of faeces. In those treated with the stent, the figure was 45%, according to data presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's annual meeting in Chicago.

    'Huge improvement'

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