Source: Men's Health
A cutting-edge trial has found that an injection of a specialized gene into a patient’s brain can significantly decrease the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Of the Parkinson’s patients that received gene therapy, half saw their symptoms greatly improve, reported the study of 45 subjects in Lancet Neurology. (Related from Men’s Health: Cracking the Code of Parkinson’s Disease.)
Currently, there is no cure for Parkinson’s, and the available treatments have a laundry list of drawbacks. Another phase of the trial must be conducted before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration decides if they want to approve the treatment, but “this research brings us one step closer to actually having gene therapy as a real treatment,” Kaplitt says.
Even with the drawbacks of current Parkinson’s treatments, Kaplitt stresses the importance of recognizing the disease early in order to help patients relieve symptoms. Think your parent or grandparents might have it? Here’s what to watch out for.