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You will have heard the saying 'you are what you eat'.
But even the man who made it up more than 150 years ago may not have realised how true it is.
Scientists - Evidence - Bacteria - Brain - Bloodstream
Scientists have now uncovered the first evidence of bacteria living in the human brain, suggesting it got there by travelling through the bloodstream from the gut.
The discovery, made by chance after analysing brains of deceased humans, has been branded 'mind-blowing' and 'revolutionary'.
University - Alabama - Birmingham - Researchers - Findings
The University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers presented their findings at a major convention in San Diego last week.
The study was originally designed to compare the differences between brains of mentally healthy people and schizophrenics.
Trials - Findings - Way - Route - Research
If confirmed in further trials, the findings could pave the way for a whole new route of research investigating how bacteria can affect our brains.
The brain is protected from bacteria and viruses by a membrane around it and, until now, it has been believed that anything making it through the membrane would cause serious illness.
Dr - Ronald - McGregor - University - California
Dr Ronald McGregor, from the University of California at LA, who was not involved with the research, described the finding as 'mind-blowing'.
In an interview with Science, Dr McGregor said: 'It's like a whole new molecular factory [in the brain] with its own needs.'
Bacteria - Gut - Health - Rest - Bodies
Bacteria in our gut is known to affect the health of the rest of our bodies, potentially controlling our weight, disease risk and even linking to anxiety and depression.
Research published in June by Harvard Medical School branded the gut a 'second brain' because of how it affects our mood.
Bacteria - Gut - Brain
But it may be the same bacteria affecting both our gut and our actual brain when...
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