Further Research Supports Speculation of Link Between Gut and Parkinson’s Disease (BBC News / Science Translational Medicine)

Summary

Further evidence implying that the gut may be involved in the development of Parkinson’s Disease has emerged. Toxic (alpha-synuclein) proteins associated with Parkinson’s Disease tend to accumulate in the appendix, and it seems that people who have had their appendix removed face a 20% lower risk of Parkinson’s in later life. It is speculated that the rogue proteins may travel up via the vagus nerve into the brain.

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Gallagher, J. (2018). Parkinson’s disease ‘may’ start in gut. London: BBC Health News, October 31st 2018.

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Killinger, BA. Madaj, Z. [and] Sikora, JW. [et al] (2018). The vermiform appendix impacts the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. Science Translational Medicine. October 31st 2018.

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