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Boo! Poo, the microbiome and fear…

Written by Tristan Free (Digital Editor)

Scared baby fear

A new study reveals a potential link between the gut microbiome and fear responses in children, providing an insight into the development of mental health disorders. The intensity of an infant’s response to fear can provide an indication of their future mental health. If children cannot adjust a strong fear response when in a safe space, they may be at a higher risk of anxiety or depression, while a very muted response may indicate a prevalence for antisocial behavior in later life. Recent research lead by Rebecca Knickmeyer of Michigan State University (MSU; USA), has delved into these fear responses,...

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