AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 3, 2017

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Study Suggests Gut Bacteria Can Aid Recovery From Spinal Cord Injury

Researchers from The Ohio State University have discovered that spinal cord injury alters the type of bacteria living in the gut and that these changes can exacerbate the extent of neurological damage and impair recovery of function. The study, “Guy dysbiosis impairs recovery after spinal cord injury,” by Kristina A. Kigerl et al. suggests that counteracting these changes with probiotics could aid patients’ recovery from spinal cord injuries. The trillions of bacteria that live in the gastrointestinal tract are collectively known as the guy microbiome. Disruption of this microbial community, or dysbiosis, occurs when nonpathogenic guy bacteria are depleated or overwhelmed by pathogenic inflammatory bacteria. Autoimmune diseases (including multiple sclerosis, type I diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis) have been linked to dysbiosis, and it has been implicated in the onset or progression of neurological disorders, including autism, pain, depression, anxiety and stroke. Click here to read more.

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