Scientists at Swansea University say they have identified molecules than play an important role in the survival and production of nerve cells in the brain - and and may be significant in the long-term for treating several diseases, such as Parkinson's.
Their research is being done in collaboration with the Karolinka Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.
Jenni McCabe from Newport needs five different drugs per day to help with the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. She hopes a new campaign will improve understanding of the disease, and help sufferers be more accepted.
To combat what it describes as a 'woeful' lack of awareness about the disease, the charity Parkinson's UK has launched a new campaign to show the impacts it has on people's everyday lives.
They read: 'Parkinson's mixes up the messages the brain sends to the body, so everyday tasks become incredibly difficult.'
'Parkinson's might not kill you. But it can make living hell.'
The charity Parkinson's UK says people with Parkinson's 'desperately need' more understanding, as the condition makes simple day-to-day tasks 'almost impossible for some.'
Parkinson's is degenerative neurological condition, for which there currently is no cure. The main symptoms of the condition are tremor, slowness of movement and rigidity.
People in Wales have the lowest understanding of Parkinson's disease in the UK, a charity claims.
Parkinson's UK is now launching an 'awareness drive' to show the effects of the condition.
The research, published today, found:
- Parkinson's affects 6,000 people in Wales - one in 500 of the population
- 83% of Welsh people have little or no knowledge of the condition - above the UK average of 77%
- 16% of people in the UK say they'd feel annoyed, embarrassed or uncomfortable to encounter someone with a tremor
2,059 people around the UK were interviewed last month.