Celeb Campaign Sees Massive Rise in Brain Donations

by Rajshri on  December 22, 2009 at 5:44 PM Celebrity Health News   - G J E 4
 Celeb Campaign Sees Massive Rise in Brain Donations
The campaign by celebrities like Jane Asher and Jeremy Paxman appears to have been successful as brain donations have sky-rocketed in Britain.

The number of people agreeing to donate their brain to medical research has more than doubled in the past nine months. The Parkinson's Disease Society revealed that since April some 2,332 people have pledged their brain, taking the total number to over 4,000.

"This distressing condition doesn't only affect the older people - sadly, young people can also be diagnosed with early onset Parkinson's," said Jane Asher, the president of the charity. "And the more brains of both sexes we can study, the more we can help people of all ages to cope with its effects, and ultimately, achieve the cure for which we are searching."

The Society is hoping that scientists are able to tell what happens in Parkinson's brains by comparing the diseased brains to normal ones.

"Once we understand why the cell is dying, and if we can try to identify that at an early stage, then we can ultimately develop treatments that slow down, halt or even reverse the progression of the condition," Dr Kieran Breen, director of research and development at the Parkinson's Disease Society told Sky News.

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Source: Medindia

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