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Scientists announce 'dementia breakthrough'

Scientists announce 'dementia breakthrough'
13th August 2008

Researchers have announced that they have made a breakthrough in finding out the causes of a common form of dementia and Parkinson's disease.

Scientists from the University of Nottingham revealed that they have genetically-engineered the first-ever mouse model to have the same type of brain degeneration as that seen in Parkinson's and Lewy body disease patients, according to the study published in the Journal of Neuroscience.

They have suggested that their work could assist with the development of new therapies.

John Mayer, a researcher and professor at the university, said that current drugs treat the conditions' symptoms, rather than the causes.

He continued: "This model is the first platform to understand how the brain cell deterioration takes place."

Meanwhile, it was recently reported that an international Parkinson's disease research project is calling for the development of new assessment procedures to examine the behavioural effects of the condition.

A longitudinal study based at the Carlos III Institute of Health in Madrid has said there is evidence to suggest the disease's psychological manifestations are major factors in patients' disabilities and quality of life deterioration.

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