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VA is studying gut bacteria in PTSD, TBI patients following success in mice | MilitaryTimes

VA is studying gut bacteria in PTSD, TBI patients following success in mice | MilitaryTimes

Veterans Affairs researchers want to know if an over-the-counter probiotic given to colicky babies could help patients with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

VA staff in Denver have just begun to recruit 40 VA-eligible patients who have “mild TBI,” or concussion, along with PTSD. Levels of inflammation, composition of gut bacteria, and quality of stress responses will be tracked, said Lisa Brenner, a psychologist and director of the VA Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research and Education Clinical Center in Denver.

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