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Scientists develop implant that could stop Parkinson's growth
Monday, 14 October 2013 14:49

Scientists have developed a brain implant that could prevent the progression of Parkinson's disease. 

A team in Bristol have created an implant that encourages cells damaged by the disease to grow again. It does this through a system of tubes and catheters that pump proteins into patients’ brain once a month, potentially stopping the disease from progressing by encouraging the damaged cells to grow again.

The port located behind a patient’s ear releases a protein called glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF).

Six patients at Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, have trialled the system, and doctors are now looking for another 36 to help them continue their research.

”This new study will take us one step closer to finally answering this question once and for all.

“We believe GDNF could have the potential to unlock a new approach for treating Parkinson's that may be able to slow down and ultimately stop the progression of the condition all together.

”Currently there are very few treatments available for people with Parkinson's and none capable of stopping the condition from advancing.“

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