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Parkinson's and the Gut Microbiome

A study at the University of Alabama at Birmingham looked at the balance of bacteria in those with Parkinson's disease and essentially found higher levels of certain bacteria and lower levels of other specific bacteria compared to people who don't have Parkinson's.  This was reported by Science Daily, March 2, 2017.  My interpretation of the main points made in the article:
-Humans have more than 1000 species of bacteria in the gut.
-The first sign of Parkinson's disease is often gut symptoms.
-This study involved 197 people with Parkinson's compared to 130 controls.
-Those with Parkinson's have an imbalance in the gut microbiome.
-An important function of the microbiome is to detoxify environmental pollutants.  This may be very important considering that those with Parkinson's often have previous exposure to pesticides and herbicides.

Source:
University of Alabama at Birmingham. "Link between microbiome in the gut, Parkinson's discovered." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 2 March 2017. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170302133859.htm>.
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