Even More Evidence Has Linked Parkinson’s Disease to Our Gut Bacteria
Researchers have found yet another reason to think the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease could be a consequence of the type of bacteria living in our gut.
Such discoveries could help us use changes in our gut bacteria to not only diagnose the debilitating disorder earlier, but potentially create better targeted treatments.
Once referred to as ‘the shaking palsy’, Parkinson’s disease is mostly characterised by tremors and a loss of fine motor control, later progressing into dementia, difficulty walking, and sometimes chronic depression.
In most studies on the condition the brain has been the focus, with the blame for the disease primarily falling on the death of cells in a part of the brain called the substantia nigra – a lump of tissue responsible for movement and reward.