Common Gut Bacteria Blocks Effects Of Parkinson’s Drugs, Study Says

Common Gut Bacteria Blocks Effects Of Parkinson’s Drugs, Study Says

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A common gut bacteria can block a common Parkinson’s disease medicine from working on patients with the disease, a new study says. Gut bacteria metabolizes levodopa, a common Parkinson’s medication, into dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain. Since dopamine can’t pass through the blood-brain barrier, it saps the levodopa of its effectiveness, according to a study published Friday in the journal Nature Communications.

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