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New Parkinson’s treatment could rely on caffeine and nicotine

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A new Parkinson’s disease treatment may combine the power of caffeine and nicotine into a unique drug. An interview with Jeremy Lee reveals that researchers may have found a clue to treating the illness by using two common household items. The University of Saskatchewan professor suggests that caffeine and nicotine can protect the alpha-synuclein protein that has been linked to the disease.

Can caffeine and nicotine prevent Parkinson’s disease?

Researchers are careful to warn people not to pick up a smoking habit or drink excessive amounts of coffee to avoid Parkinson’s disease. Instead, their study reveals that there may be a protective quality from these two items, but their toxicity can be a problem. More research will be needed before scientists can safely recommend these products as a treatment.

Despite concerns about how to make caffeine and nicotine safer for a patient, researchers are hopeful about the potential of their discovery. The alpha-synuclein protein is generally found in the Lewy bodies or the blobs of proteins that are characteristic of Parkinson’s disease. The caffeine and nicotine are capable of protecting this protein and preventing it from changing shape.

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Caffeitine as a possible treatment for Parkinson’s disease

Caffeitine, a unique drug that combines caffeine and nicotine, may offer one possible treatment for the disease and stop it from progressing. However, researchers are still trying to find a way to lower the toxicity and make it safe for humans. Both coffee and cigarettes are known for their negative impact on the body, so it is not easy to develop a medication that can safely combine them.

Using coffee to help fight Parkinson’s

Previous studies have found that coffee has the potential benefit of reducing movement problems for people who suffer from Parkinson’s. Coffee has also been shown to help reduce the likelihood a person may end up with the disease. However, patients must approach caffeine carefully and should consult with their medical professionals before changing their diet.

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