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Ventilator treatment effective for motor neurone patients

31st January 2006

A new non-invasive ventilator technique could help to ease the symptoms of those suffering from motor neurone disease, according to the results of a recent study.

Research carried out at Newcastle University discovered that the ventilation treatment was effective in reducing the impact of the disease, significantly increasing quality of life for patients.

The treatment helped to remove an excess of carbon dioxide in the lungs while boosting blood oxygen levels, allowing sufferers to sleep more comfortably and for longer periods of time.

According to BBC News, the non-invasion treatment was particular effective on those who had weak respiratory muscles, while results indicated that it could extend the life expectancy of some sufferers by years not months.

If further research goes on to support the initial findings, this could be a significant breakthrough for the treatment of motor neurone disease as there is currently just one licensed drug used to extend life expectancy, which only does so by two or three months.