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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 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 shakin. If you know someone with Parkinson s or fear that it may be in your future this book is for you The author has Parkinson s and provides a good synopsis of the history the cause treatment likelihood of a cure his experience as one who has the illness and the future of this devastating progressive disease My father suffers from it and his father had it as well While environmental factors seem to have a greater influence on the odds of getting the disease than inheritance I can t help but be a little nervous My grandfather was a janitor at a steel factory and was always cleaning up toxic messes without the proper protection we have today My dad his son was an assistant chemist at the same place when he was in his 20s Mom said he would always come home with burns in his clothing from the chemicals Her theory has always been that they both got it from that steel factory Later I found a statistic that said the city with the highest incidence of Parkinson s was Pittsburgh aka Steel City So it seems her theory may have some meritIn the end this book did give me hope and confidence that new treatments are being developed to maintain a uality of life for those diagnosed today Regular exercise was stressed as a preventativedelaying factor in the onset of symptoms and ameliorates them once they prevent themselves The Michael J Fox foundation and others are continually researching to better understand the disease and working toward a cure They are confident that this is a disease that can be beat Learning of all these efforts has lessened slightly the anxiety I have regarding my own medical future and given me hope that my father s Parkinson s is not necessarily my fate

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Brain Storms

G palsy 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 1950s 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 pr. I read this book to better understand a condition that affected one of my long time friends and colleagues It is full of information but ultimately it ends with one having the feeling that the race in the book s title would be better replaced by the word marathon Too many uestions still remain to be answered about this and similar type diseases of the brain The book does a good job of describing advances in our understanding of the disease from many perspectives Its strongest feature is that because the author is afflicted with Parkinson s he is able to make personal observations about the topics that he presents He is also good at writing about science in a manner that is accessible to non scientists As a scientist I enjoyed his discussion of the genetic components of the condition as well as the phage protein based discovery as a possible treatment Nevertheless I suspect that many readers will be hoping to find some solid evidence that we are about to find the cure for Parkinson s and will be disappointed that this book does not present that It is however a good reminder that research in science is nearly always better described as a marathon rather than a race

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Ofessional 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


10 thoughts on “Brain Storms

  1. says:

    If you know someone with Parkinson’s or fear that it may be in your future this book is for you The author has Parkinson's and provides a good synopsis of the history the cause treatment likelihood of a cure his experience as one who has the illness and the future of this devastating progressive disease My father suffers from it and his father had it as well While environmental factors seem to have a greater influence on the odds of getti

  2. says:

    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

  3. says:

    Alternating hope and despair Palfreman gives a no nonsense view of his life with Parkinson's inter meshed with the clinical history of PD and the current 2015 advances in treatment and cureAs a Parkie myself at times I had to put the book down because the emotions were just too strong That said it was incredibly informative helpful and in the end uplifting

  4. says:

    I read this book to better understand a condition that affected one of my long time friends and colleagues It is full of information but ultimately it ends with one having the feeling that the race in the book's

  5. says:

    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 difficul

  6. says:

    I am of an age to find every last page in this book interesting Some technical stuff I didn't understand but author Palfreman obvious knows that some of his audience will be ordinary folks touched by someone with Parkinsons and he has written his book in a way that we can follow and learn It is a hopeful book Not pie in the sky hopeful but a well documented well sourced story that is exactly what I needed to hear

  7. says:

    I enjoyed this book Palfreman does a good job of making complex information understandable and interesting He also does a good job of combining personal stories with the reams of factual information he gathered I also appreciated his optimistic tone

  8. says:

    This is the best book I have read on Parkinson's Disease and I have it

  9. says:

    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 Tim

  10. says:

    The author who is in the early stages of Parkinson's himself does a great job of explaining the advances of the last 20 years in this complicated area of research I have some background in this area as I work in a somewhat related field and studied some Parkinson'sAlzheimer's research in the 90s but I am not by any means up to date With thi