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Dispatches from the Psychobiotic Revolution
Scott C. Anderson
Stress and rich food can alter our microbiota, and that microbiota can add to our stress.
When it comes to the psyche, are we crazy to trust animal studies? What can a mere mouse tell us about our highly-esteemed human brain? A lot, it turns out...
Whether you are sick at home or ready to party, your microbiota plays a surprising role in your social life. Thankfully, you have some control over the situation.
Your gut microbes play a major role in cognition and mood. Here are some colorful tips to keep them – and you – happy.
Junk food is so tasty that we may give up on real, farm-raised food. But processing throws away nutrients and fiber, which can have disastrous effects on your health.
A new book by two prominent psychology researchers shows you how to eat your way to a better brain.
The Standard American Diet is called SAD for a good reason. Eat greens to beat the blues.
Why do we tend to get sicker as we get older? The secret lies in our immune system, which breaks down with age. Thankfully, you can rejuvenate it.
A new study from China shows that the gut has a far bigger impact on depression and anxiety than previously suspected.
There is a lot of hype around fecal transplants. How much should we believe?
Psychobiotics are microbes that can improve your mood. Here’s how to nurture them.
Gut microbes get all the glory, but the mouth plays a major role in brain health too. Discover some tips for improving your oral microbiota and protecting your brain.
Gut dysbiosis can lead to systemic inflammation, and that can damage the blood-brain barrier. Here are some tips to deal with it.
Surprisingly, the road to physical and mental health runs through the microbes in your gut.
Your gut microbes exert a surprising amount of leverage over cognitive decline with age. Learn how to build a better microbiota.
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.
Scott C. Anderson is a science journalist and coauthor with John Cryan and Ted Dinan of "The Psychobiotic Revolution" from National Geographic.