This is a scenario that could be out of the movie Awakenings (the one where the late great Robin Williams played a neurologist). When 12 patients with Parkinson's were treated with a cancer drug, they "came back to life," in the words of Dr. Charbel Moussa, the doctor at Georgetown University Medical Center who conducted the study.
The drug is called nilotinib, and it's used to treat certain types of leukemia, a blood cancer. The doctors at Georgetown treated the patients with a dose of the drug every day for six months. The results were nothing short of miraculous. "We had people as stiff as a board at the start of the study who were walking around, sitting down, and bending their legs by the end,” Dr. Moussa told the British newspaper The Independent. “You could see the elation on their faces when they saw the improvement. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room.”
One of the patients, who's had Parkinson's for 18 years and could barely do anything around the house, is now tackling chores regularly, including manning the grill. "My wife says it’s life-changing for her and for my children and grandchildren," he told Science Daily.
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