Gut Microbiome Might Be Responsible for Parkinson’s Disease

A team of scientists from California suggests Parkinson’s disease may be caused by specific gut microbiome. The findings of the research were published in the journal Cell.gut microbiome

People with Parkinson’s disease have the brain progressively damaged. This leads to tremor and difficult moving in patients.

Scientists believe that their findings could lead to new ways of treating the condition, such as drugs to kill bugs or probiotics, in the future.

Dr Timothy Sampson, one of the researchers at the California Institute of Technology, says: “This was the ‘eureka’ moment, the mice were genetically identical, the only difference was the presence or absence of gut microbiota. Now we were quite confident that gut bacteria regulate, and even required for, the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.”

More information about the research is here.

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