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Researchers Discover Drug That Stops Progression Of Parkinson’s Disease In Mice

Posted Mar 08 2011 6:37pm

In a major breakthrough in the battle against Parkinson’s disease, researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine have discovered a drug that stops the progression of the degenerative illness in mice and is now being tested on humans.

“Drugs currently used to treat Parkinson’s disease just treat symptoms; they do not stop the disease from getting worse,” said senior author Curt Freed, MD, who heads the division of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology at the CU School of Medicine. “We’ve now discovered that we can prevent the progression of the disease by turning on a protective gene in the brain.”

The results have been published on-line in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

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