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      FDA approves cure for intestinal infection

      A new treatment recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration could help cure a highly contagious intestinal infection known as c lostridium difficile or c-diff for short. It is initially treated with antibiotics, according to Dr. Allan Peck, but in about one out of every three people that's not enough to keep the symptoms from coming back. Now, some may have the option of a fecal transplantation.

      T he stool matter is placed in the intestine with a procedure just like a colonoscopy.

      Dr. Peck says the idea comes from having bad bacteria in your gut, and then taking a healthy volunteer and then taking a stool matter and placing it directly into the intestine of the person with the problem.

      The transplantation has a 90% success rate and you can use a family member or an anonymous donor.