If you've ever had a wild mouse loose in your kitchen, chances are you first noticed the pest because of the droppings it left behind.
Just about every living thing does it, though for many people the subject is distasteful or taboo. But poop is an important indicator of everyday gut health; it can provide vital clues about digestive disorders, or may contain bacteria that can treat them. Poop also plays an unsung role in ecosystems and animal diets, providing essential nutrients that benefit organisms of all sizes. Here's where you're find the latest poop on poop.
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Patients who undergo a "poop transplant" to treat severe diarrhea often see their symptoms get better within days, but their gut bacteria continue to undergo dramatic changes for months.
People who have the intestinal infection called Clostridium difficile may benefit from a "poop transplant" that uses frozen poop instead of fresh poop, a new study suggests.
The Roman Empire is famous for its advanced sanitation — public baths and toilets — but human poop from the region shows that it was rife with parasites.
Earth has a poop problem. The extinction of whales and other megafauna has resulted in a shortage of mega-manure, which is essential for spreading nutrients around the globe at sea and on land.
The FDA reassures people that the allowable defects in the U.S. food supply "present no health hazards for humans." But these defects still seem pretty gross.
The poop of people living in modernized countries differs from that of people who live in nonindustrialized countries in a key way, researchers say.
The excavation of a roughly 500-year-old latrine in Jerusalem has uncovered thousands of eggs from human parasites, including some that may have come from Northern Europe, a new study finds.
It's proven that the caffeine in coffee stimulates the brain, but there's something in a cup of joe that can also jump-start the other end of the body. That's right: Coffee can make you poop.
You may think you know your stuff when it comes to pooping and your health, but misconceptions are common. Here's the truth about poop and your health.
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