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Method developed to test new Parkinson's therapies

Method developed to test new Parkinson's therapies

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Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Researchers have developed a new tool that can evaluate new therapies for Parkinson's disease, which they say could lead to quicker development of drugs to treat the neurological condition. In a test of mice, the new model induces the biology of a disease-causing gene rather than the symptoms. Researchers at the University of British Columbia's Djavad Mowafaghian Center for Brain Health published their findings Tuesday in the journal Nature Parkinson's Disease. Parkinson's disease is a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder that affects the body's motor system, causing people to shake and have difficulty with movements. In the United States, about 10 million people have the illness, according to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation. Many patients have mutations in a ge...
Alternative cancer therapies linked to reduced survival

Alternative cancer therapies linked to reduced survival

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Cancer patients who use alternative therapies may be more likely to shun conventional treatments and risk their chances of survival, research suggests.A study of 1,290 patients in the US found people who received such therapies often refused life-saving care such as chemotherapy or surgery.Fewer of them survived five years after starting treatment compared to those on standard care, researchers found.Experts urged patients not to ditch proven cancer medicines. 'Remarkable' therapy beats terminal breast cancer Cancer delays 'leave patients at risk' Researchers said the use of alternative therapies, which include certain diets, minerals and vitamin infusions, was growing in the US but there was limited research on how effective they are. Their study, publis...