Last year, Jette Oppelstrup, 49, invested in a bathroom on the ground floor of her townhouse in Herlev, a suburb of Copenhagen. In the bottom-left corner of the mirror above her sink in the new bathroom are two stickers that read: “FUCK PARKINSON, NEVER GIVE UP”.
Oppelstrup was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2017. The disease rarely strikes people under the age of 60, and is best known for afflicting people with visible tremors on their hands and slowing their movement. In the future, she may not be able to walk upstairs to her old bathroom as often as nature calls.
But for people living with Parkinson’s today, contrary to just a decade ago, the phrase “never give up” is no longer just a motivational saying. A new Parkinson’s treatment that uses stem cells to artificially create new dopamine-producing nerve cells is expected to enter clinical trials on human patients later this year. Because of the long course of Parkinson’s, many patients who receive a diagnosis today may live long enough to be eligible for this kind of treatment and find their lives spared from the harsh advanced stages of the disease—and perhaps see their motor function restored.
Read more at: https://www.thedailybeast.com/clinical-trials-for-new-danish-stem-cell-treatment-could-usher-the-end-of-parkinsons