Parkinson’s Disease and Stem Cells

Neurological diseases have been a part of human biology since day one. Parkinson’s disease is one of many common genetical disorders. Statistics show that the people diagnosed by it are over 60 to 70 thousand each year.

Diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease worldwide

To learn more about Parkinson’s disease and stem cells and how stem cells can be a promising treatment, make sure to read the blog till the end.

What is Parkinson’s Disease?

This is a progressive nervous disorder that affects movement and mobility. In this disease, certain neurons in the brain gradually breakdown or die. This breakage reduces the ability of the body to produce chemical called dopamine. Thus, the symptoms.

healthy neuron vs neuron affected by Parkinson’s disease

The decrease in level of dopamine causes irregular brain activity, leading to flawed body movement. Other symptoms may include shaky hands and fingers, simple tasks become time-consuming, muscle stiffness, poor body posture and slurred speech.

Stem Cells to the rescue!

The ‘building blocks’ of human body popularly known as stem cells are special cells that can transform themselves into many type of cells adjusting to their surroundings. Similarly, they are able to change into any kind of muscle cells, brain cells and blood cells. Hence, the replacement of damaged cells and tissues can be done.

stem cells

Moreover, according to the experts and what has been studied recently, it’s safe to say ‘Stem cells are here to the rescue!’

Stem cells as a treatment for Parkinson’s

Temporary treatment includes drugs and medicine. This minimizes the symptoms for a short time. But over the period the symptoms are going to return.

Meanwhile, researchers suggest to use stem cells as a permanent treatment. They can generate dopamine cells in the brain. By doing so, it can restore the diminished dopamine levels. Therefore, reducing the patients’ symptoms greatly.

treatment of Parkinson’s disease by stem cells

Likewise, stem cells help researchers create disease models. This may help them to understand and analyse disease mechanism. Thus, better screening of potential drugs.

To conclude, there’s definitely a relationship between Parkinson’s disease and Stem cells. Experts are still working on it, hopefully for a promising future.

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