HEAL­ING HEROES

BBC Earth (Asia) - - Science -

Could top­ping up the bac­te­ria in our guts help us re­cover from in­juries quicker? Sci­en­tists at Rock­e­feller Univer­sity study­ing mice with spinal cord in­juries found that the in­jury al­tered the bac­te­ria in the guts of the mice, prompt­ing the re­lease of in­flam­ma­tory cells. This ini­ti­ated other pro­cesses that im­paired their abil­ity to re­cover from the in­jury. When some mice were treated with pro­bi­otics, they re­cov­ered from their in­juries faster. The study’s authors sug­gest that when treat­ing spinal cord in­juries in hu­mans, changes in the gut could be coun­ter­acted with pro­bi­otics to as­sist with re­cov­ery.

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