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Scientists closer to stopping Parkinson's drug side effects

Scientists closer to stopping Parkinson's drug side effects
24th November 2010

Scientists have made progress in stopping the occurrence of a distressing side effect of a drug commonly used to treat Parkinson's disease.

Researchers at Cardiff University found that to prevent the side effect known as dyskinesia, a system within nerve cells called the Ras-ERK Pathway will need to be "turned down".

The system controls the communication ability and electrical activity of cells and when it is overactive, it can lead to dyskinesia.

Dyskinesia, a side effect of drug levodopa, makes life even more challenging for Parkinson's sufferers as it causes user's bodies to distort or their arms and legs to jerk around.

These distressing side effects can make normal everyday activities incredibly difficult.

Researcher Dr Riccardo Brambilla explains: "Our work will pave the way for effective new treatments that can reduce or prevent dyskinesia.

"The challenge will be to target and block the right nerve cells in the brain which cause dyskinesia, without interfering with the positive benefits of levodopa."

This comes after researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago found that a blood pressure drug could be used to diminish the effects of Parkinson's.

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