'Worm Therapy' Might Help Ease Colitis, Monkey Study Shows

Unappetizing as it sounds, the treatment relieved symptoms in primates and might help humans

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"And this fascinating and kind of novel study suggests that these worms can help by significantly affecting the bacterial makeup of the colon," Loftus said. "For the large subset of patients who are looking for an alternative approach, this finding could be incredibly appealing."

Scientists note that research with animals -- monkeys in this case -- often fails to provide similar results in humans.

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