The Microbiome and Mental Health

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Microbiome and Mental Health

Stress can aggravate inflammatory diseases by affecting the relationship between gut bacteria and the immune system. Treatment with immune-regulating bacteria may help prevent against stress-induced illness, a study in mice suggests. In this study, Dr. Lowry investigates how stress acts on the normal relationship between the body and the microbial community occupying the body, which is collectively called the microbiota. Dr. Lowry found that stress disrupts this relationship, resulting in elevated inflammation. These findings can help researchers develop microbiome- and immunoregulation-based strategies to prevent disorders related to stress.

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