Promising additional drug treatment for Parkinson’s Disease

Posted By on February 26, 2013

While keeping an Internet-eye on research regarding medical conditions impacting friends and family, I came across a positive research article on an additional medication that is being looked at to treat Parkinson’s Disease. Northwestern University is planning another clinical test in hopes this new added drug treatment will slow the progression of the calcium build up in vulnerable areas of the brain.

The calcium eventually killed dopamine-producing cells and triggered Parkinson’s symptoms. But the Northwestern parkinsonsgaitUniversity scientists found a drug that limits the brain cells’ uptake of calcium, without harmful side effects.

Current drugs used to control the tremors and walking difficulties work well for about five to ten years. If scientists could develop a new therapy that could double or triple that time, it would enable Sarah Taylor and the ten million other people living with Parkinson’s disease around the world to lead much more normal lives.

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