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The germs living inside a person’s digestive system may affect symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, researchers reported Thursday.

Tests done on mice showed their symptoms worsened when they were dosed with microbes taken from human Parkinson’s patients but not when they got samples from healthy patients. And other tests on mice that develop Parkinson’s-like symptoms showed they only developed symptoms if they had gut germs to begin with.

The study doesn’t show that gut microbes cause Parkinson’s, but they may suggest a way to treat the incurable condition, which affects up to a million Americans and 10 million people worldwide.

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Artist’s concept depicting microbes in the gut instigating changes in the brain that can lead to Parkinson’s disease. People with Parkinson’s harbor distinct gut bacteria that influence the disease’s severity. Caltech

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