The science behind probiotics for preventing mania

A study expands on the link between gut flora and psychiatric disease

Prescribing probiotics to people with bipolar disorder may help to prevent relapse, a small US study shows.

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The randomised controlled trial found that probiotic supplementation was associated with a lower rate of rehospitalisation in patients who had been recently discharged after being admitted with mania.

The findings, from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, add to a growing body of evidence that mood disorders may be related to changes in the microbiome.

In the 24-week study, 66 patients with