A group of American researchers have suggested that Lithium could be used in the fight against Parkinson's disease after it was found to prevent the buildup of toxic proteins that are linked with the nerve disease.
Researchers from San Francisco's Buck Institute for Ageing tested the effect of the compound on animals and found that lithium prevented the accumulation of toxic proteins and also stopped the cell loss that leads to the degenerative disorder.
AdvertisementWriting in the report, which has been published in the Journal of Neuroscience Research, lead researcher Julie Andersen said, "This is the first time lithium has been tested in an animal model of Parkinson's disease. The fact that lithium's safety profile in humans is well understood greatly reduces trial risk and lowers a significant hurdle to getting it into the clinic."
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