The Most Significant Breakthrough in the Treatment of Neurodegenerative Diseases in Fifty Years? (BBC News / UCL)

Summary

An experimental drug for the treatment of Huntington’s Disease shows early signs of being able to lower the level of misfolded proteins (safely) in the brains of patients, thereby having the potential to slow or halt the progression of this disease.

It is not yet known whether similar gene-silencing techniques might work for other neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’ Disease or Alzheimer’s Disease, but research is underway.

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Gallagher, J. (2017). Huntington’s breakthrough may stop disease. London: BBC Health News, December 11th 2017.

See also:

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Drug lowers deadly Huntington’s disease protein. [Online]: University College London (UCL),  December 11th 2017.

A wider journalistic review of recent developments:

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Gallagher, J. (2017). Breakthroughs put diseases on the back foot. London: BBC Health News, December 24th 2017.

Earlier pieces from BBC News:

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Mundasad, S. (2017). Huntington’s disease trial test is ‘major advance’. London: BBC Health News, June 8th 2017.

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Stem cell transplant to tackle Huntington’s disease.  London: BBC Health News, May 15th 2017.

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Gallagher, J. (2017). Landmark Huntington’s trial starts. London: BBC Health News, October 19th 2015.

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