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Worm Therapy Shows Promise for Ulcerative Colitis
Date:12/1/2010

targeted by more conventional approaches, Loke said.

Right now, however, worm therapy is still not well-understood and could potentially backfire, the study warned. "The problem is that these worms themselves can cause harm and damage the gut," said Loke. "The individual in this study is lucky to have responded so well, but for other people the worm infection may exacerbate bowel inflammation." Studies that use the pig worm, which should pose less risk to humans, are under way, he added.

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For more about ulcerative colitis, head to the U.S. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

SOURCES: P'ng Loke, assistant professor, department of medical parasitology, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York City; Gerald W. Dryden Jr., director, clinical research division, gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition, University of Louisville, Kentucky; Dec. 1, 2010, Science Translational Medicine


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