Purdue Researcher Studying How an Old Chemical Could Treat Parkinson's Disease

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WEST LAFAYETTE -- A researcher who has been at Purdue for over two decades is studying how a World War II chemical could help treat Parkinson's disease.

WLFI reports that the chemical is called dimercaprol. That researcher, Riyi Shee, has discovered that dimercaprol is successful at removing acrolein.

Acrolein is a neurotoxin associated with Parkinson's disease.

They've had success in animal testing and there are people willing to try it.