31 Jan '17, 10pm

VA is studying gut bacteria in PTSD, TBI patients following success in mice

VA is studying gut bacteria in PTSD, TBI patients following success in mice

Veterans Affairs researchers want to know if an over-the-counter probiotic given to colicky babies could help patients with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. VA staff in Denver have just begun to recruit 40 VA-eligible patients who have “mild TBI,” or concussion, along with PTSD. Levels of inflammation, composition of gut bacteria, and quality of stress responses will be tracked, said Lisa Brenner , a psychologist and director of the VA Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research and Education Clinical Center in Denver. A recent study of mice inspired the VA's project. Scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder consistently recorded favorable outcomes in inflammation and anxiety after injecting mice with Mycobacterium vaccae bacteria, said Christopher Lowry of the university's Department of Integrative Physiology. His past work has linked inflamma...

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