Can gut bacteria improve mental health after spinal cord injury?

Written by Heather Jones, Future Science Group

Researchers at the University of Alberta (Canada) have discovered a link between gut bacteria composition and anxious behavior in rats following spinal cord injury. If translated to humans, the results of the study could have implications for those experiencing mental health problems after spinal cord injury. A deterioration of mental health has been widely observed in individuals who have had spinal cord injuries. Those who experience paralysis are at an increased risk of suicide, and a loss of interest in rehab due to the onset of depression often leads to a worse quality of life. An association between a decline...

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