Stomach ulcer bacterium could lead to Parkinson’s
Bacteria found in the stomach as a result of stomach ulcers could be responsible for the development of Parkinson's disease, a new study suggests.
Researchers from the Louisiana State University Health Services Center discovered that Helicobater pylori, found in people who suffer from stomach ulcers, could be a causal factor for the disease.
Presenting their results at the 111th General Annual Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, the scientists infected middle-aged mice with the bacteria in order to examine the possible effects.
Although previous research highlighted a link between the two conditions, recent studies have revealed that people who receive treatment for stomach ulcers have shown improvement compared with those who did not seek medical assistance.
Researcher Traci Testerman said: “Our findings suggest that Helicobater pylori infection could play a signficant role in the development of Parkinson’s disease in humans.”
Medical website eHow Health advises people to refrain from smoking and take part in regular exercise in a bid to prevent the development of stomach ulcers.
Extract: Scientists have found a link between bacteria in the stomach and the development of Parkinson’s disease.