Breakthrough therapy for treating Parkinson’s disease

Australian researchers say they have made a major breakthrough in treating people with Parkinson’s disease.

Neuroscience Research Australia – with funding from the Shake It Up Australia Foundation – is hoping to accelerate the research so it can reach human trials.

Researcher Professor Carolyn Sue said the new method of treating the disease “will actually help provide energy, a renewable energy source, to the brain cells of patients with Parkinson’s disease”.

“It works by providing a protein that helps the cell’s batteries – the mitochondria – recharge themselves and provide the vital energy the cell needs to function properly,” Professor Sue told Sky News Australia .

“Right now, most treatments only treat the symptoms.”

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