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Brains at Work Against Parkinson's Disease

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For late-stage Parkinson's, there's also plenty of attention on deep brain stimulation, which involves implanting electrodes into the brain. According to Isacson, "It's reasonable, but not optimal," and likely less effective than cell transplant.

Greene notes that two patients from his fetal cell trial have received deep brain stimulation with no benefit but that another patient is improving under the therapy.

Unlocking the disease is going to take dollars. "The only way we're going to make any progress is through research. There are a lot of good ideas. The thing that we are short on is time and money," Schneider tells WebMD. "We can't do anything about time, but we can do something about money."

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