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UAB Researchers Make Breakthroughs in Parkinson's Treatments

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Wed, Aug 03, 2016

Parkinson’s is a degenerative condition that affects over one million Americans  - even greater than the number of those suffering from multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and Lou Gehrig's disease combined.  There is no cure, but this month researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham made two important breakthroughs for treating the disease.  One group of researchers has discovered the cause of the negative side-effects of L-DOPA and a potential way to counter-act it.  Another group of researchers have “discovered an interaction in neurons that contributes to Parkinson’s Disease and they have shown that drugs now under development may block the process.”   

(Image of the University of Alabama, Birmingham courtesy of Jaymay via Wikimedia Commons)

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Tags: Parkinson's Disease Research, University of Alabama Birmingham, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Parkinson's Disease, biomedical researh, Dr. Volpicelli-Daley, Dr. Standaert

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