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New hope for Parkinson’s patients in stem cell treatment
Washington Post

For more than 30 years, stem cells have been the great hope of medical science. Given their remarkable ability to turn into any type of cell in the body, researchers have theorized that they could be used to treat and perhaps even cure all sorts of diseases and conditions from spinal cord injury to baldness.

Progress has been painfully slow for most areas of research but this week researchers in Sweden are reporting a major advance in a possible stem cell treatment for Parkinson’s. While the treatment has only been tried in rats, the scientists — led by Malin Parmar, an associate professor of regenerative neurobiology at the Lund University — said they believe the results are promising enough to move to clinical trials in humans within a few years.

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