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Gut microbes may talk to the brain through cortisol

20:00 EDT 20 Aug 2017 | AAAS

(University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences) Gut microbes have been in the news lately. Recent studies show they can influence human health, behavior, and certain neurological disorders, such as autism. But just how do they communicate with the brain? Results from a new study suggest a pathway of communication between certain gut bacteria and brain metabolites, by way of a compound in the blood known as cortisol. And unexpectedly, the finding provides a potential mechanism to explain the characteristics of autism.

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