Ozzy Osbourne’s daughter Kelly has reported the Black Sabbath frontman has been ‘feeling better’ and seen his Parkinson’s symptoms improve since undergoing experimental stem cell treatment for the neurodegenerative condition.
Claire Bale, Head of Research at Parkinson’s UK, said: “While some private clinics do offer these therapies, no stem cell-based treatment has been proven safe and effective for the treatment of Parkinson’s. These therapies are therefore not yet approved or available.
“Stem cells do however hold huge promise, which is why pioneering research is happening around the world to develop treatments. We need to establish a firm evidence-base before they can be made available to people with Parkinson’s.
“At Parkinson's UK we're driving forward pioneering research, including investigating stem cells, to find better treatments and a cure. People affected also have a vital role to play, through taking part in research to move new treatments forwards.”
About Parkinson’s UK
Anyone can get Parkinson’s, young or old. In the UK, 145,000 people are already living with Parkinson’s. Every hour, two more people are diagnosed.
Parkinson’s is what happens when the brain cells that make dopamine start to die. There are over 40 symptoms, from tremor and pain to anxiety. Some are treatable, but the drugs can have serious side effects. It gets worse over time and there’s no cure. Yet.
But we know we’re close to major breakthroughs. By funding the right research into the most promising treatments, we get closer to a cure every day.
Until then, we're here for everyone affected by Parkinson’s. Fighting for fair treatment and better services. Making everyone see its real impact.
We are Parkinson's UK. Powered by people. Funded by you. Together we'll find a cure.
Advice, information and support is available via our website, www.parkinsons.org.uk, or our free, confidential helpline on 0808 800 0303.