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Microbiome Study Could Change The Way Doctors Diagnose Depression
  • Analyzing stool samples from 311 people, researchers linked the gut microbiome to clinical depression.
  • They found distinct bacterial compositions in depressed patients compared to healthy patients, and identified the bacteria that was most different.
  • Depressed patients had more Bacteroides species bacteria, linked to increased inflammation, and less Blautia and Eubacterium, which are anti-inflammatory.
  • This provides new insights for doctors diagnosing mental health issues - they should ask about gut health, and analyze poo samples.
  • It also provides new clues for treating mental health disorders - prebiotics, probiotics, and healthier diets can be prescribed to aid treatments.


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