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Parkinsons Disease

Stem Cell Transplant Reduces Parkinsons Symptoms

16 years, 11 months ago

1923  0
Posted on Oct 04, 2002, 7 a.m. By Bill Freeman

US doctors have announced that a stem cell transplant has helped to significantly improve the condition of a man suffering from Parkinson's disease. Doctors firstly isolated adult stem cells from the patient's brain, they were then cultured in vitro and encouraged to turn into dopamine-producing neurons.

US doctors have announced that a stem cell transplant has helped to significantly improve the condition of a man suffering from Parkinson's disease. Doctors firstly isolated adult stem cells from the patient's brain, they were then cultured in vitro and encouraged to turn into dopamine-producing neurons. As soon as tests showed that the cells were producing dopamine they were then re-injected into the man's brain. After the transplant, the man's condition was seen to improve and he experienced a reduction in the trembling and muscle rigidity associated with the disease. Brain scans taken 3-months after the transplant revealed that dopamine production had increased by 58%, however it later dropped but the Parkinson's symptoms did not return. The study is the first human study to show that stem cell transplants can help to treat Parkinson's.

SOURCE/REFERENCE: Reported by www.bbc.co.uk on the 9th April 2002

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