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Scientists Find a Possible Connection Between Gut Bacteria and Depression

Friday, February 22nd, 2019
A new report identifies bacteria in the microbiome that could produce neurotransmitters and potentially influence activity in the brain cells

The human microbiome—a collection of bacteria, archaea, fungi and viruses commingling in the gut and intestines—has been linked to a wide range of human health conditions, including digestive health and the prevention of autoimmune diseases. Some research has even identified a possible link between gut health and brain function. Building on this work, a study published yesterday in Nature Microbiology reveals that clinical depression could be affected by the amounts of certain bacteria in the gut.

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