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Promising Treatment For Parkinson's Disease

Tuesday, 13 December 2005 12:00 AM

Implanting human retinal cells into the brains of people with Parkinson's disease improves their motor symptoms, according to an exciting but preliminary study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Most Parkinson's patients eventually require treatment with the drug levodopa to control symptoms - but human retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells produce levodopa naturally.

In the study, six people with Parkinson's received RPE cell implants in their brains. The patients were then assessed at regular intervals for two years after the implants.

"We observed an average improvement of 48 percent at 12 months after implantation in the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale motor subscore with the patient in the off state, which was sustained through 24 months," wrote Dr.Natividad Stover and her colleagues.

"Improvement was also observed in activities of daily living, quality of life, and motor fluctuations."

The findings appear in the December issue of the Archives of Neurology.

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