USA: adversity in early life disrupts gut microbes linked to brain function

09 May 2019

A study has linked disruption of a child’s gastrointestinal microbiome, triggered by early-life adversity, with emotional health. 


Researchers at Columbia University compared two groups of youths (aged three to 18): one group had been in institutional care
(115 children), the other was raised by biological caregivers (229). 

The study, published in Development and Psychopathology, showed that subgroups aged seven to 13 were also shown to have distinctly different gut microbiomes. 

Children raised by parents had an increased level of gut microbiome diversity, which is linked to the prefrontal cortex, known to regulate emotions.

Image credit | iStock