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New Parkinson's treatment from mathematical model

Parkinson's disease patients may soon have new treatment options available after scientists made a mathematical model of the human brain.

The findings could make stimulation and treatment of the deeper neurons of the brain a feasible option for sufferers within the next ten years.

Doctors at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis's School of Science mapped the brain's neural layout and they hope this model will lead to theories regarding the misfiring nerve activity in the brains of Parkinson's patients.

"With this new modelling we, and others, can now better study the mechanisms of information transmission in the Parkinsonian brain – both how the mechanisms work and how they fail," said Dr Leonid Rubchinsky, associate professor of mathematical sciences at the school.

Parkinson's UK states the disease affects around one in every 500 people in the UK. There is currently no cure and available treatment focuses on alleviating the patient's symptoms.

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