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A possible new treatment for Parkinson's: Sonic Hedgehog! (really!)

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posted on Oct, 5 2003 @ 07:11 PM

TORONTO (CP) - A newly identified brain chemical appears to be linked to Parkinson's disease, researchers said Thursday.

Decreased amounts of the chemical - a protein known as Sonic Hedgehog, named for a video game - contribute to symptoms of the disease, according to scientists at Toronto's Western Hospital. And their study suggests that increasing the amount of Sonic Hedgehog in the brain could be a potential treatment for Parkinson's, a disease of the central nervous system that afflicts about one per cent of Canadians over the age of 55.

in all seriousness, this could be a really big breakthrough in the treatment of Parkinson's disease. but if you could read through that entire article without laughing, you're a more mature person than I.

posted on Oct, 5 2003 @ 07:43 PM
OMG!!! I couldn't read past "Sonic Hedgehog is found in the area of the brain that controls movement" before I started to laugh
....I Know that this is a break thrugh cure...but seeing the name Sonic Hedgehog in the context that they used it in is really funny!!!

posted on Oct, 5 2003 @ 08:17 PM
Me too! I didn't get through to much without laughing, I'm starting over so I can try to get through it all again!

posted on Oct, 6 2003 @ 10:08 AM
I got the biggest fit of giggles over that! Neat concept, though, and I love the name!

posted on Oct, 12 2003 @ 03:24 PM
very interesting.
wonder what's next?

"PacMan cure for obesity"?
BTW no offence meant to anyone who's proportionately challenged

posted on Oct, 12 2003 @ 03:53 PM
Gee....wonder if that could be applied to dogs with hyperactive Tails...

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