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Dispatches from the Psychobiotic Revolution
Scott C. Anderson
COVID-19 is making some people drink more, but our gut microbiota may be able to moderate it. Here are some tips for a healthier and happier gut.
The baby-boom generation has lower cognitive scores than their parents. What’s the cause? Can it be fixed?
Microbes form long-lived cultures in your gut that can make you indefinitely healthy or sick. But you can tip the odds in your favor.
Research suggests that both horror and humor can make us more resilient to the coronavirus.
Scientists created a polymer cage full of bacteria that can process metabolic wastes, alleviating kidney disease and its attendant depression.
Three exciting new studies shed light on how Parkinson’s starts and how inducing the growth of new nerve cells may improve symptoms.
Why does COVID-19 kill some and spare others? The key may lie in your gut.
Doctors and nurses are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. With a little TLC, we can help them cope.
Pay attention to your body and stay proactive to beat the coronavirus stress. Here's what the experts recommend.
There are major differences between male and female gut microbes that contribute to—and detract from—mental health.
People may shun you when you are depressed or anxious. They shouldn't. It's time to bring depression out of the shadows.
Holiday treats are irresistible but lousy for your microbiota. Here are some tips to have fun while keeping your gut microbes hale and hearty.
Psychological stress affects your immune system. Fortunately, there are tricks to boost your resilience and make you feel better.
A new study with mice shows that gut microbes play a role in extinguishing learned fear responses. Can it help people with anxiety or PTSD?
Stress can lead to disease and even death if you don't build up some resilience. Here is the science behind stress and some tips to cope.
The road to happiness winds through your gut. Here are five tips to improve your mood with good food.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal disease with no cure. New research shows that gut microbes play an important role and may help slow disease progression.
Researchers find an unorthodox method to transmit depression from one animal to another. What does it mean for psychiatry?
Gut microbes affect our physical and mental health and may even make us more social.
Your gut microbes can affect your mood and your sleep patterns. Here are seven ways to help you sleep better at night.
The narcissist's need for control can stress you out, mess with your gut, and set up a vicious cycle of sickness. Here's how to deal with it.
Your gut microbes can control your food cravings, and that may not be in your favor. Learn how to gain the upper hand.
Your microbiota has a surprising impact on your attractiveness and may even determine who you will fall for, and who will fall for you. Learn how to harness that power.
Early microbial disruptions can alter brain development, setting the stage for later mental illnesses. What happens in the first thousand days could change your mood for life.
Two studies show that important functions of your microbiota have less to do with specific microbes than the genes they possess. Time to toss your probiotics?
Yes, antibiotics are miracle drugs, but they have some quirks. Among them are unexpected interactions with the brain. Here are five surprising connections.
Microbial genes are inherited, and they help guide the formation of your immune system and the development of your brain.
Do horses get depressed? What we found working with race horses brought us into the world of psychobiotics. Our minds are still reeling.
Scott C. Anderson is a science journalist and coauthor with John Cryan and Ted Dinan of "The Psychobiotic Revolution" from National Geographic.