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Parkinson’s treatment trial completed

John Kerr posted in on June 18th, 2015.

New Zealand company Living Cell Technologies (LCT) have released the results of a small trial of a new Parkinson’s Disease treatment, indicating that their procedure is safe and may improve symptoms. The company’s NTCELL product is based the around implantation of cells derived from pig brain tissue, which help to support neurological function. The results […]

NZ Parkinson’s trial on hold – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on February 20th, 2014.

An Auckland biotech company is putting its trial of an experimental Parkinson’s disease treatment on hold following the withdrawal of previous animal research. Living Cell Technologies (LCT) has suspended patient recruitment for a clinical trial testing the xenotransplantation of specially encapsulated pig-derived cells (NTCELL) as a treatment for Parkinson’s disease. Earlier research from the company had […]

Peppers preventing Parkinson’s? – Experts respond

John Kerr posted in on May 10th, 2013.

New research suggests that edible sources of nicotine may provide a protective effect against Parkinson’s disease. But independent experts are not convinced the effect is clinically significant. The study published this week in Annals of Neurology indicates that eating foods that contain even a small amount of nicotine, such as peppers and tomatoes, may reduce […]

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