FRIDAY, March 1, 2019 -- It may be possible to restore brain cells damaged by Parkinson's disease and reverse a patient's condition, something no current treatment can do, according to British researchers who conducted potentially groundbreaking clinical trials.
They cautioned the trial was small -- just 41 patients -- and the research is still in its early days. But the results of the approach, which delivers special "growth factor" proteins to restore failing brain cells, are very promising.
TUESDAY, Feb. 19, 2019 -- They're often called "vampire" treatments, in which people undergo infusions of a young donor's blood plasma to treat everything from aging to Alzheimer's and multiple sclerosis.
But these expensive "fountain of youth" therapies are unproven and potentially unsafe, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned on Tuesday.
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 23, 2019 -- The most potent drug available for Parkinson's disease, levodopa, treats symptoms of the disease but does nothing to either ease or increase its still-mysterious underlying causes, a new clinical trial has concluded.
Doctors often delay prescribing levodopa, or L-dopa, to Parkinson's patients for fear that the drug might have toxic effects that produce jerky involuntary body movements over time.