Browsing the MND Association website this afternoon I came across this article: Association-funded stem cell research achieves milestone. I remember talking to Tom Isaacs, with Parkinson's, who walked 4500 miles round the British coast raising funds for research into that disease, about ten years ago. He had great faith that research would see a cure even within his lifetime. He founded The Cure Parkinson's Trust, whose watchword is "Hope". Neither he nor I could have foreseen the exponential acceleration of research into neurological conditions over that time. What particularly excites me about the research described below is that it doesn't use embryonic stem cells (i.e. obtained from fertility-treatment excess embryos) but induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) obtained from adult skin cells. For me it poses less of an ethical problem. Predictably this news didn't hit the national headlines, in contrast to embryonic stem cells - which seems to with strange regularity.
However, this is a really good news story for the reasons the article explains.