Microbes Target Mid-life Brain Crisis

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Middle age is hard to nail down.  It really demands a psychic ability to predict how long one may live. A better gauge may be when a new spouse or a sports car appears. For scientists, naturally, there is a definition: “Male middle age is a transitional period where many physiological and psychological changes occur leading to cognitive and behavioral … Read More

Green Tea Works with Microbes to Detox

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Green tea comes steeped in endorsements from nutritionists. This power beverage is known to help prevent chronic diseases including cancer, obesity, and metabolic syndrome. The secret appears to lie in its polyphenols; epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) dominates. Exactly how this particular polyphenol operates to avert diseases is largely unknown. Polyphenols scavenge toxins One idea: Toxic reactive cellular metabolites, such as ammonia and reactive carbonyl species … Read More

A Look at Microbes in Schizophrenia

Guest BloggerClinical Corner, Microbiome Environment


Marked by delusions and hallucinations, schizophrenia is not uncommon. More than 50 million people or 1% of humans suffer with this devastating psychiatric disorder. What causes schizophrenia? Researchers believe that a combination of genetics, brain chemistry and environment contributes to development of the disorder. The gut-brain axis may be one pathway. Risk factors for schizophrenia Family history of schizophrenia Older age … Read More

Early Life Microbiota Impact Later Years

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Cesarean sections save lives. They are also overused in some hospitals where mothers and doctors want babies to appear on schedule without pain or distress. Recent research however shows that by detouring through the belly, baby is robbed of a rich bouquet of its mother’s microbes in the birth canal. Newborns delivered vaginally present with communities dominated by vaginal flora, such … Read More

Mind, Mood & Microbes: Amsterdam, Dec 1-2, 2016

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Microbes help shape help neural development, brain biochemistry, and behavior. As research in human application advances, the gut-brain axis may be a potent target for mental disorders and diseases including anxiety and depression as well as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia and autism. Join global researchers for MIND, MOOD & MICROBES, the 1st international conference on the microbiota and gut-brain … Read More