FDA Is Warning Against Fecal Transplants After Person Dies From E. Coli Infection

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Though it may sound gross, the benefits of a fecal transplant—taking the feces of one person and introducing it into the gastrointestinal tract of another—are promising for those suffering from a Clostridioides difficile infection. The tenacious infections are often the result of sustained antibiotic use, which can kill the patient's "good" gut bacteria and allow C. difficile to proliferate. As the theory goes, the “good” bacteria in feces transplanted from a healthy person may restore the infected person's microbiome and alleviate symptoms like life-threatening diarrhea.

The treatment, which is not FDA-approved, is risky. The FDA has announced that two people involved in a clinical trial recently received fecal transplants that contained drug-resistant bacteria, with one of them dying as a result.

According to The New York Times, the FDA did not offer details of either case, relating only that both patients were immunocompromised, which is one of the contraindications of receiving the transplant. The stool they received was believed to contain antibiotic-resistant E. coli bacteria.

As a result, the FDA is suspending a number of fecal transplant clinical trials until it can be determined how stool is being tested for contamination with potentially deadly bacteria and why the E. coli was not detected. The stool that infected both patients came from the same donor.

Fecal transplants are considered an experimental treatment for C. difficile infection when first-line treatment like antibiotics are ineffective. The fecal transplant is usually introduced to the digestive tract via pills or an infusion.

[h/t The New York Times]

Whiten Your Teeth From Home for $40 With This Motorized Toothbrush

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AquaSonic

Since many people aren't exactly rushing to see their dentist during the COVID-19 pandemic, it's become more important than ever to find the best at-home products to maintain your oral hygiene. And if you're looking for a high-quality motorized toothbrush, you can take advantage of this deal on the AquaSonic Black Series model, which is currently on sale for 71 percent off.

This smart toothbrush can actually tell you how long to keep the brush in one place to get the most thorough cleaning—and that’s just one of the ways it can remove more plaque than an average toothbrush. The brush also features multiple modes that can whiten teeth, adjust for sensitive teeth, and massage your gums for better blood flow.

As you’d expect from any smart device, modern technology doesn’t stop at functionality. The design of the AquaSonic Black Series is sleek enough to seamlessly fit in with a modern aesthetic, and the charging base is cordless so it’s easy to bring on the go. The current deal even includes a travel case and eight Dupont replacement heads.

Right now, you can find the AquaSonic Black Series toothbrush on sale for just $40.

Price subject to change.

 

AquaSonic Black Series Toothbrush & Travel Case With 8 Dupont Brush Heads - $39.99

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Zappos Is Now Selling Single Shoes and Mixed-Size Pairs, Making Its Offerings More Accessible

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REVOLT, Unsplash

For people with differently sized feet or prosthetics, shopping for shoes is often more complicated than it has to be. Zappos is now addressing this problem with a simple fix. As CNN Business reports, shoppers can now purchase single shoes or mixed-size pairs from the online shoe retailer.

According to Zappos, customers have been requesting more accessible shoe-buying options for years. For some people with prosthetic limbs and differently sized feet, spending money on extra shoes they don't need is the only way to get the right fit. Some people with amputations and prosthetics may only need to wear one shoe from a full-priced pair.

Thanks to the new policy, these customers no longer have to overpay to get the shoes that are right for them. As of Tuesday, July 14, Zappos shoes from Nike, BILLY Footwear, Converse, PLAE, Stride Rite, and New Balance are officially available to purchase as single shoes or mixed-size pairs. The shoes range from toddler to adult sizes and are priced at $17.50 to $85.

Zappos is the latest brand to make its products accessible to a wider consumer base. For years, Target has been selling Halloween costumes for wheelchair users and adaptive clothing that's easy to remove for kids with physical disabilities.

[h/t CNN Business]

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