Throughout this last year, several advances in the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson's disease have been reported. "Among the most important, the obtaining of dopaminergic neurons from cell reprogramming techniques. This finding opens a great door to investigate the mechanisms of neuronal degeneration and the effectiveness of new drugs, "says Dr. Gurutz Linazasoro, director of the Parkinson's Research Center of the Gipuzkoa Polyclinic of San Sebastian.
In parallel, a study has shown that moderate physical exercise, such as walking eight kilometers a week, reduces the risk of suffering from Parkinson's disease in the future. "Although it may seem inconsequential, the results of the study can help promote healthy lifestyles", continues the specialist.
When analyzing progress towards a possible cure for Parkinson's, Dr. Linazasoro points out that "Curing involves knowing the cause of the disease and this is a very complex issue because genetic and environmental factors are involved that constitute a very difficult puzzle to fit. However, although I do not see the cure very close, there are reasons to be prudently optimistic, since advances in biology depend on advances in technology and, in this sense, they occur at a vertigo speed ".
Source: Spanish Parkinson's Federation