Parkinson’s disease ‘cure’ is shot up the nose
Daily Mirror - 04/22/2013
A possible cure to Parkinson’s disease has been developed to be taken through sufferers’ noses.
The devastating disorder is caused by the death of dopamine neurons in a key area of the brain.
But a gene that restores and protects dopamine can halt Parkinson’s if administered direct to the brain.
It was thought this was only possible by surgical injection. But now a team at Dr Barbara Waszczak’s lab at Northeastern University in Boston has come up with a nasal treatment.
Rats given the therapy carried on producing a protein nourishing dopamine for long periods, avoiding the need for redosing.
Dr Waszczak’s said it “may provide an effective and non-invasive” therapy.
Parkinson’s, which leads to tremors, affects more than one per cent of over-60s.
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, 71, was diagnosed with the disease in 1984.