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Scientists Link Specific Gut Bacteria to Depression | Fox&Co. Mental Health
See Psych Central Article Here By Traci Pederson New Belgian research reveals a link between specific types of gut bacteria and depression. The findings, published in the journal Nature Microbiology, also provide evidence showing that a wide range of gut bacteria can produce neuroactive compounds. Researchers called it the first population-level study on the link between gut bacteria and mental health, aggregating data from hundreds of people rather than studying animals or clinical trial subjects. For the study, researchers from the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB-KU Leuven) in Belgium compared fecal microbiome data with general practitioner diagnoses of depression from 1,054 individuals enrolled in the Flemish Gut Flora Project. Through this analysis, they were able to pinpoint specific groups of microorganisms that positively or negatively correlated with mental health. They discovered that two bacterial genera, Coprococcus and Dialister, were consistently depleted in