A new breakthrough has been made in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder caused by a deficiency of dopamine in the brain. One of the major issues in treating this disease is successfully transplanting transplanting dopamine into the brain without negative side affects. A new treatment that is in development is using stem cells and transplanting them through intranasal delivery. This method is non-invasive and stops the brain swelling, tissue trauma and other issues that can occur when the stem cells are transplanted surgically. This could be a very beneficial treatment for those suffering from this disease.
This study was done on rats that had been given Parkinson’s disease. The rat that had the procedure performed on them saw a 68% normal motor function. Besides this substantial find this procedure was more successful in getting the stem cell to the proper place in the brain. The stem cells transplanted also survived up two 6 months. This procedure would allow those suffering from this disease to have multiple treatments over time.
Posted by: Jessica Kusmirek