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Psychobiotics: A Novel Class of Psychotropic

Overview of attention for article published in Biological Psychiatry, November 2013
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36 news outlets
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12 blogs
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93 tweeters
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42 Facebook pages
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2 Google+ users
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Title
Psychobiotics: A Novel Class of Psychotropic
Published in
Biological Psychiatry, November 2013
DOI 10.1016/j.biopsych.2013.05.001
Pubmed ID
Authors

Timothy G. Dinan, Catherine Stanton, John F. Cryan

Abstract

Here, we define a psychobiotic as a live organism that, when ingested in adequate amounts, produces a health benefit in patients suffering from psychiatric illness. As a class of probiotic, these bacteria are capable of producing and delivering neuroactive substances such as gamma-aminobutyric acid and serotonin, which act on the brain-gut axis. Preclinical evaluation in rodents suggests that certain psychobiotics possess antidepressant or anxiolytic activity. Effects may be mediated via the vagus nerve, spinal cord, or neuroendocrine systems. So far, psychobiotics have been most extensively studied in a liaison psychiatric setting in patients with irritable bowel syndrome, where positive benefits have been reported for a number of organisms including Bifidobacterium infantis. Evidence is emerging of benefits in alleviating symptoms of depression and in chronic fatigue syndrome. Such benefits may be related to the anti-inflammatory actions of certain psychobiotics and a capacity to reduce hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activity. Results from large scale placebo-controlled studies are awaited.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 5 <1%
United Kingdom 5 <1%
Japan 2 <1%
Italy 1 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Sweden 1 <1%
Ireland 1 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Other 7 <1%
Unknown 1248 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 244 19%
Student > Master 220 17%
Researcher 144 11%
Student > Ph. D. Student 137 11%
Student > Postgraduate 71 6%
Other 242 19%
Unknown 215 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 212 17%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 199 16%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 141 11%
Neuroscience 103 8%
Psychology 92 7%
Other 254 20%
Unknown 272 21%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 437. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 14 November 2022.
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#51,187
of 22,520,629 outputs
Outputs from Biological Psychiatry
#14
of 6,189 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#353
of 211,157 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Biological Psychiatry
#1
of 83 outputs
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