AI Technique Reveals Dysfunctional Gut Microbiome Bacteria’s Connection to Depression and High Blood Pressure

The gut microbiome affects physiology and molecular events throughout the body, including parts of the brain that control blood pressure and depression.

via University of Florida

The gut’s role in the two prevalent, chronic conditions was first explained by a trio of UF Health researchers in September 2019. Now, using a branch of artificial intelligence known as machine learning, the researchers have zeroed in on the specific bacteria suspected of causing depression coupled with high blood pressure.

It’s a crucial step toward the long-term goal of improving health management and developing novel treatments based on the analysis and manipulation of gut bacteria, the researchers said. The two conditions are sometimes so intertwined it has also led them to coin a new phrase: depressive hypertension. The findings were published recently in the American Heart Journal.

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