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New Research Shows The Microbiome Could Be Linked To Depression

New Research Shows The Microbiome Could Be Linked To Depression

Of all the many ways the teeming ecosystem of microbes in a person’s gut and other tissues might affect health, its potential influences on the brain may be the most provocative. Now, a study in two large groups of Europeans has found that several species of gut bacteria are missing in people with depression. The researchers can’t say whether the absence is a cause or an effect of the illness, but they showed that many gut bacteria can make substances that affect nerve cell function—and maybe mood.

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