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March 10, 2013

Using Parasites to Treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)


Edward Loftus Jr., M.D., a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic specializing in the care and evaluation of patients with IBD, discusses studies conducted by Joel Weinstock, M.D., that examined the usage of parasites to treat IBD.

While some of Dr. Weinstock's colleagues initially thought he was joking, the usage of pig whipworm eggs to treat IBD is now the subject of several upcoming clinical trials.

Tags: Edward Loftus, Findings, gastroenterology, IBD, inflammatory bowel disease, Innovations

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