Biodiversity may benefit mental health by affecting gut bacteria

Intuitively, we know that living in excessively polluted, built-up areas cannot be good for our health and that breathing in the fresh air of natural spaces must be healthful. But the impact of green spaces on overall health in general and on mental health, specifically, has been the subject of much recent research. Older studiesTrusted Source have suggested […]

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Gut microbes could lead to depression in obesity

Turns out, gut microbes may contribute to depression and anxiety in obesity. Researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center studied mice that become obese when put on a high-fat diet. The Joslin scientists found that mice on a high-fat diet showed significantly more signs of anxiety, depression and obsessive behaviour than animals on standard diets. “As endocrinologists, […]

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Loss of microbial gut diversity a threat to health?

Our bodies are made up of nearly equal numbers of human and microbial cells. These tiny passengers are vital for our health but are dwindling in number. The human gut is home to bacteria, viruses, fungi, and small worms in some parts of the world. While the average person’s body contains 30 to 40 trillion human […]

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