colorfully stained brain cellsNew member Leila Okahata (@LeilaOkahata) writes for UCLA’s Daily Bruin about research that discovered some of the biological basis for the link between experiences of discrimination and poor health. The researchers discovered changes in patterns of connectivity in various regions of the brain in participants of different racial/ethnic groups and differences in the gut microbiome, with Black and Hispanic participants, for example, having increased levels of a deleterious bacterium. Okahata places the research in a public health context to show its importance to society rather than only to the individuals or groups experiencing the discrimination. Photo: GerryShaw via Wikimedia Commons