A Potential Parkinson's Advance - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/15/05

A Potential Parkinson's Advance

A study in rats and monkeys may jump a major hurdle in the treatment of Parkinson's disease. It has been a big problem for patients getting medicine to areas of the brain that need it most, but a new study in the Journal Gene Therapy, says researchers have created stem cells that can sneak past the blood-brain barrier, and deliver cells to the portions of the brain that are deteriorated. The stem cells were even able to stimulate the growth of new brain fibers there, which survived for up to three months. The study is not ready for humans yet, but researchers call it very promising.

 

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