New stem cell research 'may help Alzheimer's patients'

Posted on 29 July 2011

Alzheimer's, Huntington's and Parkinson's patients, likely to be paying for care, could be helped by the results of new research.

Dr Sheng Ding from the Gladstone Institutes has uncovered a way of turning adult human skin cells into functioning brain cells which are capable of transmitting brain signals.

According to scientists, this could ultimately aid the treatment of patients and families of people with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, Huntington's and Parkinson's.

"Dr Ding's latest research offers new hope for the process of developing medications for these diseases, as well as for the possibility of cell-replacement therapy to reduce the trauma of millions of people affected by these devastating and irreversible conditions," he said.

In other news, research from the University of California Irvine revealed that human stem cells could be used to restore learning and memory abilities which are lost as a result of radiation treatment in brain cancer.

Posted by Toby Mynott

 

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