Gut bacteria and common brain disease
According to new research published in the journal Nature, bacteria in the gut microbiome drive the formation of clusters of dilated, thin walled blood vessels in the brain known as cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs) that can cause stroke and seizures.
Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found that altering the microbiome in CCM patients may be an effective therapy for those with this disease. CCM disease occurs in about 1 in 100-200 people, 80% of cases occur in older individuals and 20% are inherited cases.
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