A new study finds that compared to healthy controls, people with Parkinson’s disease appear to have distinctly different gut bacteria. They have hardly any bacteria from one family and the amount present from another family seems to increase with disease severity. The gut bacteria of people with Parkinson’s disease is different to that of healthy people.

The study, led by the University of Helsinki Institute of Biotechnology in Finland, is published in the journal Movement Disorders.

It involved 72 patients with Parkinson’s disease and an equal number of matched, healthy controls.

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