Parkinson’s Stem Cell ‘Breakthrough’
The BBC reports researchers at Lund University in Sweden have developed what could be a breakthrough for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease using stem cells. In a study on rats, the researchers first eliminated dopamine-producing neurons in the brain, then inserted new dopamine-producing, stem cell-derived cells into those brains. The scientists found that the new cells led to dopamine production and potentially reversed the Parkinson’s-like damage to neuron function. With further development, this new stem cell technique could someday become a new treatment option for those with Parkinson’s disease.