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Scientists claim Parkinson's disease breakthrough

Scientists claim Parkinson's disease breakthrough
17th August 2010

A new scientific study claims to have made a major breakthrough in the treatment of Parkinson's disease.

Researchers at the US Buck Institute have confirmed the successful treatment of Parkinson's disease in rodents using human stem cells.

According to an article in the journal Stem Cells, the treatment managed to reverse symptoms of the condition by producing new neurons in the rodent's brain.

Dr Alan Trounson, the president of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, said that the results are very encouraging for the future of Parkinson's treatments.

He added: "The researchers showed they could produce quantities of neurons necessary to improve the behaviour of a rodent model of PD.

"We look forward to further work that could bring closer a new treatment for such a debilitating disease."

Parkinson's UK estimates that there are currently more than 120,000 people in the UK living with the condition, equating to one in every 500 people.

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