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Where does Parkinson’s begin? Study claims it starts in the gut

A study published in the journal Acta Neurologica found that the gut may be the starting point of Parkinson’s disease. According to researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark, disease-causing proteins called alpha-synuclein travel up to the brain from the gut. Eventually, they make their way to the heart, as well. The findings of the study represent a significant step toward detecting and managing the disease as early as twenty years before its actual onset. “We probably cannot develop effective medical treatment that halts the disease without knowing where it starts and how it spreads – so this is an important step in our research,” said Per Borghammer, one of the authors of the study. Read more....
 
 

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