A company called OpenBiome in Medford, Mass., uses the poop to help physicians around the country treat patients infected with Clostridium difficile, a cheeky little bacterium that can be tough to eradicate solely by traditional means like antibiotics.
A recent preliminary study, conducted by leading researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, showed that C.difficile infections can be treated by oral administration of a capsule consisting of faecal microbiota from healthy screened donors.
Since a C. difficile infection can cause a range of symptoms — from severe diarrhea to kidney failure and even death — OpenBiome is happy to pay donors $40 per sample (with a $50 bonus if you come in five days a week) for donating healthy stool samples to help introduce healthy bacteria to patients’ gastrointestinal tracts, where C. difficile thrives.
Beyond the cash, which comes out to a neat $13,000 per year with a regular weekly bonus, your poop will actually save lives.
It is administered, in frozen form via endoscopy or swallowed capsules. OpenBiome has already shipped about 2,000 treatments to nearly 200 hospitals in the U.S.
You’re usually helping three or four patients out with each sample, and we keep track of that and let you know,” said OpenBiome co-founder Mark Smith.
Results showed 14 patients recovered from diarrhoea following the first administration of the capsules, and they showed no further symptoms of the infection after 8 weeks. The remaining 6 patients were treated again for a further 7 days after the initial treatment, and results showed 5 of the patients recovered from diarrhoea, giving an overall result of 90% recovery from diarrhoea. A patient survey showed that the patients felt a significant improvement in their gastrointestinal health and general health overall with noticeably fewer loose bowel movements.
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via science nutshell