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A study of faecal transplants had to be stopped early because it was so successful – it was three to four times more likely to cure the difficult to treat gut infection Clostridium difficile than the strong antibiotic vancomycin.

While they might sound gross, faecal transplants from healthy donors, administered via a tube up the nose,  are turning out to be very effective at halting these very nasty infections. An alternative could be a dose of synthetic poo.

Read the original paper in the New England Journal of Medicine, or an article in Nature.

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Honey kills bacteria, and it works in lots of ways -it is high in sugar, it contains hydrogen peroxide and antimicrobial compounds, and it is acidic.  The ancient Egyptians used honey on wounds.

Honey bees in a hiveJust a reminder – don’t give honey to babies. In rare cases, it can cause botulism.

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