Ancient medicines to modern discovery - from yellow soup to fecal transplants and understanding the human biome
In the late 1950s, two critically ill patients, suffering from seemingly incurable intestinal issues, received an interesting treatment: feces from healthy persons were inserted into their colons. And it worked. An ancient Chinese remedy for stomach ailments, yellow soup, was used for diarrheal diseases. Dr. Ann Hays at the University of Virginia is studying the reasons behind this. It is an ongoing discovery of the human biome, the trillions of bacteria that populate our bodies, and their interaction with modern medicine, which can wipe out all of them, the good and the bad. Dr. Hays' clinical program and research of fecal transplant is the recipient of a UVAHS Buchanan grant and is at the cutting edge of this emerging field.