Parkinson’s disease could originate in the appendix, according to one of the largest studies of the neurodegenerative illness.
The analysis of health records of more than 1 million individuals in Sweden found that having the appendix removed early in life is linked to a 19% reduced risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. The findings are the latest to implicate the gut and immune system in the genesis of the disease, in which the loss of neurons in a brain area that controls movement lead to a tremor and slurred speech.
Viviane Labrie, an assistant professor at Van Andel Research Institute in Michigan and senior author of the study, said: “Despite having a reputation as largely unnecessary, the appendix actually plays a major part in our immune systems, in regulating the makeup of our gut bacteria and now, as shown by our work, in Parkinson’s disease.”
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