Rotten egg gas for shaky hands
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.