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Stem cell treatment 'could repair brain cells'

Stem cell treatment 'could repair brain cells'
7th May 2010

A news scientific study claims that stem cells could be able to repair brain cells damaged by Parkinson's disease.

Stem cells from the uterus of women with Parkinson's disease could be used to re-grow areas of the brain damaged by the condition, according to an article in the Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine.

The study's lead author, Hugh Taylor of the Yale School of Medicine, said that the mouse stem cells in the study were used to successfully dopamine nerve cells, which control the process of muscle movement.

He said of the results: "The dopamine levels in the mice increased once we transferred the endometrial stem cells into their brains.

"This is encouraging because women have a ready supply of stem cells that are easily obtained and can differentiate into other cell types."

According to Parkinson's UK, about 120,000 people in the UK are living with the disease, equating to around one in every 500 citizens.

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