The news this morning is that studies suggest ISRADIPINE, a medicine mainly used to lower blood pressure, might prevent or even reverse cell changes that lead to Parkinson’s disease.

“Parkinson’s occurs when dopamine cells in the brain die off…The researchers at Northwestern University discovered that isradipine rejuvenates worn out dopamine cells….

” ‘This drug will protect dopamine neurons, so that if you began taking it early enough, you won’t get Parkinson’s disease, even if you were at risk.’ .., it is possible that isradipine may significantly benefit people who already have Parkinson’s. 

This might explain why some studies, but not other studies, show that people with high blood pressure have less Parkinson’s disease than the rest of the population.

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Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. Her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket, and she often posts medical essays to HeyDoc Xanga Blog

 

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