Quietly Optimistic

I found this just tonight!! I have included the url to the whole report, of an Australian trial which gives new hope for Parkinson’s disease treatment… but cut and pasted sections for your convenience.

https://thenewdaily.com.au/life/wellbeing/2019/06/11/parkinsons-disease-treatment-trial/

“There’s quiet but confident hope for a breakthrough treatment for Parkinson’s disease, following a successful drug trial in Australia.”

“It ticked two boxes when it comes to treating the debilitating degenerative disease: Improved patient symptoms and it stopped the progression of Parkinson’s.”

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The path to the phase-one trial results being released this week began about 15 years ago, Florey Institute head of neurotherapeutics Kevin Barnham said.

But even in those early days, Professor Barnham said, those involved were quietly optimistic. The positive results from the MND and Parkinson’s treatment trials have strengthened that optimism.

“So while it is still too early to claim definitive success, we’re doing the hard yards to discover exactly how the compound saves brain cells, and hope to report on this before the end of the year,” Professor Barnham said in a release on Tuesday.

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Nineteen Australian Parkinson’s patients were recruited for the trial, and 18 were administered the drug, in three different volumes: Small, medium and large.

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“I was playing it down to patients at the start, saying, ‘This probably won’t make you feel better’. But people were coming back saying, ‘I feel better on this drug’.”

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In Parkinson’s disease, some neurones are dead, and some are sick, while some remain functioning.

“What the drug has done is bring back those sick neurones into functioning well,” he said.