New stem cell research could help Parkinson's patients

New stem cell research could help Parkinson's patients

POSTED: Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 9:00am

UPDATED: Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 9:04am

Research published this week offers a new focus for treating patients with Parkinson's disease. A report in the journal "Nature" revealed stem cells in the brains of some Parkinson's patients became increasingly damaged with age. This eventually diminished the cells' ability to replicate and differentiate into mature types.

Researchers identified the defects by studying neural stem cells made from patients' own skin cells. Scientists say the findings reveal a potential new avenue for understanding the mechanism of Parkinson's and offer new focus for treatment targeting cellular change.

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