HC Deb 16 February 1994 vol 237 cc861-2W
Mr. Shersby

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement setting out details of the principal advances that have been made during the past 10 years in the treatment of Parkinson's disease.

Mr. Bowis

Parkinson's disease is associated with a deficiency of a substance called dopamine which is essential for the transmission of nerve impulses. In recent years there have been developments in new variants of "dopamine agonist" drugs which assist in the maintenance

advertising with the change in their and our levels of smoking since then in each case with the present levels of tax and retail price.

Mr. Sackville

The table shows the estimated changes in prevalence of cigarette smoking in countries which have introduced bans on tobacco advertising, together with the changes over similar periods in the United Kingdom:

of the body's level of dopamine. The use of self-administered injections of apomorphine, the usual drug prescribed for the condition, is becoming widespread. The use of brain tissue transplants remains experimental and is not currently being carried out in the United Kingdom.

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