Monthly Archives: October 2019

Unending Fear and the Gut-Brain Axis

A mouse study finds a remarkable microbial connection to fear.

A new study in Nature finds that gut microbes are essential for extinguishing the fear response in mice. This may help clinicians devise strategies for people with anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study is the latest in a continuing exploration of the mechanics of the gut-brain axis.

Stress Can Kill You: How to Cope

Life stressors can lead to nasty diseases. Here’s how to chill out.

For many of us, stress starts when we wake and ramps up throughout the day. We are steeped in it. For the worst afflicted, it can define their lives. We may no longer have to deal with lions on the savannah, but we have stressor aplenty, and they are unrelenting.