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Parkinson's breakthrough 'to benefit research'

Parkinson's breakthrough 'to benefit research'
4th March 2011

Parkinson's research could take a step forward after scientists replicated key features of the condition in a dish, using the skin of a woman with a genetic form of the condition.

Scientists at Stanford University hope to use the process to learn more about the disorder and trial potential treatments.

These results are particularly significant as there are no good animal models for Parkinson's disease, which can make research difficult.

Renee Reijo Pera, one of the authors of the study, said that now researchers are able to see some of the earliest indicators of the disorder, they may be able to develop ways to screen for therapies that could protect them,

"By comparing neurons from patients with different forms of Parkinson's disease, we may find commonalities or differences that will help to optimize future treatments for each patient," she explained.

Meanwhile, a study to be published in journal Neurology, revealed that adults who regularly take anti-inflammatory drug ibuprofen could be at a lower risk of developing Parkinson's disease.

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