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Gene therapy for anti-anxiety

Posted by Michael Bell on February 26, 2006, at 16:09:06

In 2003 twelve patients with parkinson's disease were given a harmless strain of the herpes virus, which carried a precursor to GABA into the body. This causes higher levels of GABA in the brain for extended periods. In the 2005 follow up, scientists following the progress of the patients noted a 27% decrease in severe PD symptoms.

http://www.ninds.nih.gov/news_and_events/news_articles/news_article_pain_gene_therapy.htm

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051002/NEWS06/510020404/1083/LIVING01

Also, two other enzymes have been found to be linked with anxiety:
http://www.brightsurf.com/news/headlines/view.article.php?ArticleID=21634

 

Re: Gene therapy for anti-anxiety Michael Bell

Posted by jay on February 26, 2006, at 19:46:32

In reply to Gene therapy for anti-anxiety, posted by Michael Bell on February 26, 2006, at 16:09:06

Ya, but is that 27% worth the unknown risks? There are proper and powerful anti-anxiety drugs that work out there, but too many doctors are just too prejudiced to prescribe them.

IMHO...
Jay


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