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"Breakthrough gene therapy eases Parkinson's"

Vancouver Sun

Source: Vancouver Sun

Published: 22 Jun 2022

Category: Other

Rating: (3 stars)

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LONDON a major breakthrough in gene therapy, the technique has been used for the first time to successfully treat a degenerative brain disease. In a pioneering U. S. study, researchers used the treatment to bring about significant improvements in the mobility of Parkinson's sufferers.
They said it could also herald a breakthrough in the treatment of other neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer's or epilepsy.
The 12 patients involved in the study - a world- first human gene therapy trial for a brain disease - all reported a substantial reduction in their symptoms after having a human gene injected directly into their brains....

how did it rate? (more information)

Criteria Rating
Total Score 5 of 9
Availability of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)
Novelty of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Disease Mongering Satisfactory (?)
Treatment Options Satisfactory (?)
Costs of Treatment Not Applicable
Evidence Satisfactory (?)
Quantification of Benefits of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Harms of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)
Sources of Information Not Satisfactory (?)
Relies on Press Release Not Applicable
Quantification of harms of treatment Not Satisfactory (?)

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Reports on the early stages of new therapies often present too optimistic a picture and this story does have some elements of this trait especially where it quotes a patient as saying that the treatment saved his life. However, the story also does include cautionary elements.

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