N&H TOPLINE: Gut microbes may influence brain through cortisol

Researchers continue to explore role of gut microbiome in neurodevelopment and mental health.

Recent studies have shown that gut microbes can influence human health, behavior and certain neurological disorders such as autism, but just how they communicate with the brain has been unknown.

Results from a new University of Illinois study suggest a pathway of communication between certain gut bacteria and brain metabolites by way of blood cortisol. The researchers said the finding provides a potential mechanism to explain the characteristics of autism.

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