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A Top Science Book of Fall Publishers WeeklyA star science journalist with Parkinson's reveals the inner workings of this perplexing disease Seven million people worldwide suffer from Parkinson's and doctors researchers and patients continue to hunt for a cure In Brain Storms the award winning journalist Jon Palfreman tells their story a story that became his own when he was diagnosed with the debilitating illness Palfreman chronicles how scientists have worked to crack the mystery of what was once called the shaking pa. If you or anyone you know has Parkinson’s you should read this book Palfreman does an amazing job of explaining the disease and what scientists are doing to find a cure My mother was diagnosed 20 years ago at a young age and I was able to find hope through the knowledge passed on on this book

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Brain StormsLsy from the earliest clinical descriptions of tremors gait freezing and micrographia to the cutting edge of neuroscience and charts the victories and setbacks of a massive international effort to best the disease He takes us back to the late s and the discovery of L dopa He delves into a number of other therapeutic approaches to this perplexing condition from partial lobotomies and deep brain stimulation to neural grafting And he shares inspiring stories of brave individuals living with Parkinson's from a former profes. A clear and reader friendly explanation of Parkinson's Disease by a individual diagnosed with the disease Includes a history of the disease the clinical and etiological nature of the disease and the milestones in understanding and treating this disease I really appreciated the conversational tone of this book it has been difficult for me to understand what is going in in Neurology generally and with this disease in particular There is a cautious optimism described as the pathology of the disease is finally understood and treatments to address the causes of the disease are being worked on You will learn about Lewy bodies alpha synuclein and NPT088 The best news is that a treatment for PD may be the treatment for Alzheimer's and ALS They are related diseases of protein mis folding and aggregation If you or a family member are touched with this type of Neurological disease this is a very helpful volume

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Brain Storms Review Æ 2 µ ❴Epub❵ ❤ Brain Storms Author Jon Palfreman – A Top 10 Science Book of Fall 2015 Publishers WeeklyA star science journalist with Parkinson's reveals the inner workings of this perplexing disease Seven million people worldwide suffer from Parkinso A Top Science Book of Fall PublisheSional ballet dancer who tricks her body to move freely again to a patient who cannot walk but astounds doctors when he is able to ride a bicycle with no trouble at all With the baby boom generation beginning to retire and the population steadily aging the race is on to discover a means to stop or reverse neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's Brain Storms is the long overdue riveting and deeply personal story of that race and a passionate insightful and urgent look into the lives of those affecte. Thank you to whoever recommended this book not sure if it was Palfreman's opinion article The Bright Side of Parkinson's in the NY Times Sunday Review or Dance for PD I am glad to have found and read itPalfreman writes with grace and with a story teller's eye demystifying the complexities of brain science and pharmaceuticals He traverses the history of Parkinson's research all the way from its initial discovery by James Parkinson to the many scientists currently working on myriad approaches to preventing curing and reversing the diseaseI highly recommend this book to anyone who has any connection to Parkinson's or Alzheimer's or any of the other neurodegenerative diseases that abound I found myself breathing a curious sigh of relief just knowing that there are so many people who are trying to resolve these diseases and there are many people trying to live with these diseases My Dad was one of them with the double whammy of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's Not knowing what my future will hold I take solace and advice from books like this one And I leave you with two of the most interesting facts that Palfreman shares How a person with Parkinson's chooses to live may be as crucial to his well being as which medicines he takes Research supports the idea that patients who exercise regularly as I explored in chapter 7 and who keep a positive attitude and remain socially and mentally engaged do much better than those who withdraw from the world Whether this is because of the neuroprotective effects of exercise and engagement or a robust placebo effect is still to be determinedEverything and I mean everything that I have ever read about promoting a healthy aging brain states the same results EXERCISE and SOCIALIZE And engage in novel challenging activitiesThe second highly interesting fact that Palfreman mentions is the placebo effect which I find amazing and suggestive of the human power of optimism and determination Hmm those last two sound like the positive attitude noted in the first interesting factIt turns out that many times people who received a placebo instead of some of the actual treatments described in the book wound up having a positive effect that often lasted for a considerable amount of time The uestions this raises are twofold – Why can placebos be as powerful or powerful than actual treatment And what does this mean for certain invasive treatments if the placebo can do as much or good than the invasive surgery the Rush University neuroscientist Christopher Goetz mentioned in an update to the Parkinson's community the intriguing and somewhat controversial topic of the placebo effect Goetz the clinical neurologist believes it is an effect worth keeping As he puts it I use the placebo effect when I greet my patients when I encourage them when I tell them we're a partnership I would never want to eliminate it in the clinic But Goetz the scientist sees the placebo effect as a liability In a trial if the patient gets just as good effect with sham surgery as having some kind of foreign cell implanted then we have a problem That's the conundrum in a nutshell