Rot­ten egg gas for shaky hands

Irish Daily Mail - - Good Health -

THE gas given off by rot­ten eggs may of­fer a po­ten­tial new treat­ment for shaky hands in Parkin­son’s dis­ease.

It’s based on re­search in Ro­torua, a city in New Zealand known for its rot­ten egg smell due to nat­u­rally high lev­els of hy­dro­gen sul­phide in the at­mos­phere.

Re­searchers re­viewed health records and found that res­i­dents of Ro­torua had no ev­i­dence of cog­ni­tive im­pair­ment. Those who’d been ex­posed to the gas long-term had faster re­sponse times in a fin­ger-tap­ping test com­monly used to as­sess Parkin­son’s, ac­cord­ing to the New Zealand Med­i­cal Jour­nal.

It’s thought the gas pro­tects dopamine nerve cells, which are com­monly lost in the con­di­tion and cause move­ment prob­lems.

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