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Zapping spinal cord may alleviate Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disease of the brain (central nervous system) that often impairs motor skills, speech, and other possible functions. There’s no cure for it yet, but scientists at the Duke University Medical Center are nearing a huge breakthrough in treatment, and it involves zapping the spinal cord.

The scientists believe electricity can restore the spinal cord disruption that causes Parkinson’s. In their research published in the journal Science, they attached tiny wires to the spinal cords of mice and rats whose brains produced so little dopamine that they had the slow, stiff motions of advanced Parkinson’s disease. When the electricity was turned on, the animals became 26 times more active and movement visibly improved in seconds

CTV health specialist Dr. Rhonda Low explains this breakthrough below:

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