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Conclusive Evidence That Stomach Bacteria Influence Brain Chemistry And Behavior

For the first time, researchers at McMaster University have conclusive evidence that bacteria residing in the gut influence brain chemistry and behavior. The findings are important because several common types of gastrointestinal disease, including irritable bowel syndrome, are frequently associated with anxiety or depression. In addition, there has been speculation that some psychiatric disorders, such […]

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Researcher Paul Ashwood

Mind Institute Researcher Receives Grant To Study Gastrointestinal Ailments In Autism

A UC Davis MIND Institute researcher has been awarded a grant by Autism Speaks to investigate the digestive and intestinal problems often experienced by children with autism and that affect their ability to learn and communicate. Paul Ashwood, associate professor of medical microbiology and immunology in the UC Davis School of Medicine, has received a […]

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Autism Speaks Awards $770,000 For Gastrointestinal Research In Autism Spectrum Disorders

Recognizing that gastrointestinal (GI) dysfunction affects many children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, today announced a major Suzanne and Bob Wright Trailblazer Award for research into the biological mechanisms of GI disorders in ASD.

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Researcher Michael Bailey

Stress Wrecks Intestinal Bacteria And Might Keep The Immune System On Idle

Stress not only sends the human immune system into overdrive – it can also wreak havoc on the trillions of bacteria that work and thrive inside our digestive system. New research suggests that this may be important because those bacteria play a significant role in triggering the innate immune system to stay slightly active, and […]

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