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Dr. Eduardo Castro-Nallar and collaborators in the US are studying whether the gut and oral microbiome is associated to mental illness such as schizophrenia. In the article published in PeerJ, the researchers looked into the oropharynx microbial communities of individuals with schizophrenia to gain insight into the potential role of microorganisms in the disease.Extract from EurekAlert

“Recent studies have shown that microbiomes–the communities of microbes living within our bodies–can affect the immune system and may be connected to mental health. Research linking immune disorders and schizophrenia has also been published, and this study furthers the possibility that shifts in oral communities are associated with schizophrenia.

Mr. Castro-Nallar’s research sought to identify microbes associated with schizophrenia, as well as components that may be associated with or contribute to changes in the immune state of the person. In this study, the group found a significant difference in the microbiomes of healthy and schizophrenic patients.”

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