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Research may offer insight into PSP, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's

Research may offer insight into PSP, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's
20th June 2011

New research may bring hope to those with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) - a neurodegenerative disease with symptoms similar to those seen in Parkinson's disease which is resistant to Parkinson's medications.

Research published online in journal Nature Genetics revealed three possible susceptibility genes for the condition.

The findings provide an insight into the development and progression of PSP, and researchers claim they may also lead to a better understand of other disorders in which tau protein is involved, such as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal dementia.

Study co-lead author Dennis W Dickson said: "While these findings are surprisingly robust, we are still at the very earliest stages of this work. These are excellent candidate genes, but we have to make sure they are true susceptibility genes."

In other news, research from two international studies published in journals Current Biology and Cell, could lead to treatments which may slow down the progression of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's disease.

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