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Parkinson's linked to immune cells

28 Dec 08

Rogue immune cells entering the brain may contribute to the development of Parkinson's disease, say scientists.

A French study in diseased mice revealed the cells accumulating in brain tissue, and mice bred to lack them did not fall ill as quickly.



The researchers suggested that the cells could be targeted using drugs.



A spokesman for the Parkinson's Disease Society said "It is also important to remember that as the study was done using mice, it doesn't provide a precise model for what happens in the human brain."



About 120,000 people in the UK have Parkinson's disease, a progressive brain condition which causes symptoms such as tremor and difficulty moving.

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