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Additive manufacturing from Renishaw brings hope for a Parkinson’s cure

March 14, 2019 / Maddy White

Every hour, two people in the UK are told they have Parkinson's disease. A device created via additive manufacturing has enabled the precise delivery of a new drug candidate that could potentially reverse the condition. It is estimated that one in 37 people alive today will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in their lifetime.
Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition that affects predominately dopamine-producing neurons in a specific area of the brain. The cause of the disease remains largely unknown, and currently, there is no cure for Parkinson’s.
Parkinson’s UK estimates around 145,000 people were given a diagnosis of Parkinson’s in the UK in 2018. With population growth and aging, this is likely to increase by a fifth, to around 168,000 people in Britain by 2025, according to the organization.