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Depression: gut microbiota the key to diagnosis?

By accurately mapping the microorganisms and compounds that make up the gut microbiota, researchers have established a new method for diagnosing major depressive disorder. The gut microbiota is populated by various microorganisms which synthesize compounds called metabolites that are essential fo...
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Postpartum depression: changes to the gut microbiota under the spotlight

Researchers have recently shown that women suffering from postpartum depression exhibit partial differences in the composition of their gut flora compared to healthy controls.   Many new mothers experience the baby blues after giving birth. However, some mothers (and sometimes even their ...
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Stool transplants could improve psychiatric symptoms related to irritable bowel syndrome

According to a Japanese study, stool transplants could improve psychiatric symptoms related to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) by restoring the balance of the intestinal microbiota. These results widen the scope of application of this therapeutic approach which is currently limited to the treatment o...
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Mental health and gut microbiota, towards new therapeutic avenues?

For example, we are told that the gastrointestinal tract also has its own neural network called “enteric nervous system” which is connected to the brain through the vagus nerve. This axis makes bidirectional communication between the gut and the brain possible, each one influencing the other: our em...
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