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2009-03-25 08:11:06

 A growth factor used in clinical experiments to rescue dying brain cells in Parkinson patients may cause unwanted weight loss if delivered to specific areas of the brain, according to University of Florida researchers in the March online edition of Molecular Therapy.The discovery is a cautionary warning for experimental treatments to treat Parkinson's disease that use GDNF, short for glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor.In addition, the finding broadens understanding of the...

2005-07-03 16:55:00

Analysis of the brain of a patient suffering from Parkinson's Disease has shown that the experimental treatment he received caused regrowth of the nerve fibres that are lost in this disease. The findings are reported in the July issue of Nature Medicine. This is the first time that any treatment has been shown to reverse the loss of nerve fibres in Parkinson's Disease. The 62-year-old man was one of five patients in a pilot study carried out by Mr Steven Gill at Frenchay Hospital in...


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jument
  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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