Oct 31, 2018

Scientists Find Link Between Parkinson’s Disease and the Appendix

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Scientists have found further evidence that the gut, or more specifically the appendix, might play a role in the development of Parkinson’s disease.

The international team of scientists reviewed two datasets, including a large registry from Sweden, and found that removal of the appendix was associated with a decreased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. They also found that the human appendix contains clumps of a protein called alpha-synuclein in a form associated with the disease. There’s more work to be done, and the authors are not advocating that people preemptively remove their appendixes, but they hope that the research could provide a pathway towards treatment.

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