`Brain Repair Is Possible'John Carey
For years, Faye Day had been slipping into the nightmare of Parkinson's disease. The degenerative brain affliction, which causes difficulty in controlling movement, forced Day to leave her secretarial job three years ago. By early this year, "I was staggering and falling several times a day," recalls the 64-year-old resident of Valhermoso Springs, Ala. But in July, researchers at the University of Colorado injected brain cells from an aborted fetus into a dozen areas of Day's brain. Within weeks, the scientists believe, the new cells began churning out dopamine, a key brain chemical that is missing as a result of the disease. Now, she walks with little fear of falling. "Even if the treatment doesn't help any more than it has, it has been worth it," she says.
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