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Appendix removal is linked to lower risk of Parkinson's
Published in 31-10-2018
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WASHINGTON (AP) Scientists have found a new clue that Parkinson's disease may get its start not in the brain but in the gut maybe in the appendix. People who had their appendix removed early in life had a lower risk of getting the tremor-inducing brain disease decades later, researchers reported Wednesday. Why? A peek at surgically removed appendix tissue shows this tiny organ, often considered useless, seems to be a storage depot for an abnormal protein one that, if it somehow makes its way into the brain, becomes a hallmark of Parkinson's.
Reference: www.chron.com