[DIGEST: HuffingtonPost, Eastbay Times, Scientific American, CDC, Reuters, Psychiatriki, CDPH, Neurotoxicology ]

Sacramento resident Sandra Levario said her grandson loved to play in her backyard as a toddler. Levario’s house lies in the shadow of a now-shuttered gun range. Despite its closure in 2014 and the fact that toxic levels of lead dust had coated nearly every surface of the building for years, the public was not informed of the lead hazard. But after her grandson developed attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Levario suspected a connection to lead poisoning. “Now I won’t let my grandkids even play in the yard.”

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[DIGEST: BBC, Express, R&D Magazine, Parkinson’s Disease Foundation]

Parkinson’s, a progressive, incurable disease that attacks the brain and nervous system, may actually begin in the gut, say researchers from the California Institute of Technology. In a study published in the journal Cell, the researchers shared the results of experiments conducted on mice that suggest the origins of the disease may begin with bacteria in the gut.

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[DIGEST: The Scientist, Technology Review, Inverse, Science]

Can the underlying cause of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s be traced back to our own immune system?

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