Could Infant Antibiotic Use Create Anti-social Adults?
New research published in BMC Neuroscience revealed that antibiotic treatment during the early life of mice caused neurotransmitter impairment. The antibiotics changed animal microbiome which then created a reduction in the receptors that impact frontal cortex function. These changes in the mice brains decreased social behavior and diminished pain receptors.
Obviously these findings do not correlate directly to human outcomes. However, scientists are now considering the powerful impact antibiotic use could have in early life and the resulting neurological and psychological changes into adulthood.
By Terissa Michele Miller, MS Psy
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