Science Daily: A toxin that travels from stomach to brain may trigger Parkinsonism

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Combining low doses of a toxic herbicide with sugar-binding proteins called lectins may trigger Parkinsonism — symptoms typical of Parkinson’s disease like body tremors and slowing of body motions — after the toxin travels from the stomach to the brain.In a study with rats, researchers at Penn State College of Medicine found that after ingesting paraquat, a once widely used herbicide that has been banned in the U.S. since 2007, along with lectins — sugar-binding proteins found widely in nature — the animals developed Parkinsonism. (December 4, 2018)

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