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This week: a dangerous intestinal bacterium, gifted children and more

A virulent intestinal bacterium that is often resistant to antibiotics is being fought with an age-old practice. Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, can sicken or even kill patients, but a fecal transplant can help restore the normal balance of gut bacteria, explains David Heisig, MD, an Upstate gastroenterologist. After screening, slurried stool from a healthy donor is inserted into the patient by colonoscopy. Although much research remains to be done, Heisig said anecdotal evidence of its effectiveness is strong so far.

Also this week: how the intensity of gifted children may lead to mislabeling or misdiagnosis, and keeping seniors connected and active.