Can Intestinal Bacteria Shape Response to Early-Life Stress?

8:00 minutes

Have a gut feeling? A growing body of research suggests that intestinal bacteria have mood-altering powers. A new study using mice investigates how anxiety and depression from early-life trauma could be triggered by bacteria in the gut. Premsyl Bercik, an author on that study and an associate professor at McMaster University in Ontario, discusses the gut-brain connection.

Segment Guests

Premysl Bercik

Staff Gastroenterologist and Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
Member of Farncombe Institute of Digestive Health
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario

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