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April 30, 2012

Cure for Cerebral Palsy?

For years, researchers have been trying to find a way to end cerebral palsy (CP), and a new report confirms they may be close.  They gave rabbits that had CP an anti-inflammatory pill.  Results of the study will be printed in the journal Science Transitional Medicine.

Rabbits who received the pill were able to walk and hop.  These tasks were very hard for them to do before receiving the medicine.  Researchers state this shows significant improvement in the rabbits with CP and they hope it shows parallel effects on people with CP if given the pill.

“This is an exciting breakthrough and it certainly points toward new hope for those affected by cerebral palsy,” said Rangaramanujam Kannan, a chemical engineer at Wayne State University who worked on the study. “More questions need to be answered, but the potential is immense.”

Rabbits were given the drug the day they were born so this is why more research has to be gathered before human testing.  Since the pill was received by the rabbits early in life, researchers don’t know how the pill will react beyond the infancy stage.  They are also using the same pill to test effects of Alzheimer’s disease.

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