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Summary & Study Guide - Brain Storms: The Race to Unlock the Secrets of Parkinson's Disease

Summary & Study Guide - Brain Storms: The Race to Unlock the Secrets of Parkinson's Disease

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Summary & Study Guide - Brain Storms: The Race to Unlock the Secrets of Parkinson's Disease

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Oct 12, 2017
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A Comprehensive Review of Parkinson’s Disease

This book is a summary of “Brain Storms” by Jon Palfreman.


When award-winning science journalist Jon Palfreman investigated a group of drug addicts who mysteriously ended up with Parkinson's-like symptoms, he never imagined that 25 years later he would contract the disease himself. Parkinson's is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder. Currently, about seven million people globally, and one million Americans have Parkinson's, with 60,000 new U.S. cases each year.

Parkinson's is a disease that has entranced doctors and scientists for two centuries since the British physician James Parkinson described its symptoms in 1817. In Brain Storms, Palfreman chronicles the scientific history of the race to unlock the secrets of the disease. It is a story of many twists and turns. It turns out that the classic motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease—tremors, rigidity, slowness of movement, and postural imbalance—are just the tips of a clinical iceberg. This means that in addition to the movement problems, people with Parkinson's disease have to cope with a wide range of adverse symptoms from constipation to dementia. The disease can be caused by environmental toxins. And some forms of the disease can be passed to future generations. Out goes the old dopamine-centered theory of the disease, which was introduced in the late 1960s. And in comes a new theory of the disease that may offer the possibility of a disease-modifying therapy.

Read this summary to get an up-to-date review of this mysterious disease.

This guide includes:
  • Book Summary—The summary helps you understand the key ideas and recommendations.
  • Online Videos—On-demand replay of public lectures, and seminars on the topics covered in the chapter.
Value-added of this guide:
  • Save time
  • Understand key concepts
  • Expand your knowledge
Herausgeber:
Freigegeben:
Oct 12, 2017
ISBN:
9780994764089
Format:
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Über den Autor

Lee Tang is a retired executive of a major global insurance company. Prior to his retirement, he has worked as an actuary, a risk officer and a chief financial officer for several major insurance organizations in the United States, Canada, and Taiwan. To learn more about Lee and his work, visit his website and blog at https://lmtpress.wordpress.com. You can reach him by email at leetang888@gmail.com.


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Summary & Study Guide - Brain Storms - Lee Tang

Comprehensive Review of Parkinson’s Disease

This book is a summary of Brain Storms: My Fight Against Parkinson's and the Race to Unlock the Secrets of One of the Brain's Most Mysterious Diseases, by Jon Palfreman

When award-winning science journalist Jon Palfreman investigated a group of drug addicts who mysteriously ended up with Parkinson's-like symptoms, he never imagined that 25 years later he would contract the disease himself. Parkinson's is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder. Currently, about seven million people globally, and one million Americans have Parkinson's, with 60,000 new U.S. cases each year.

Parkinson's is a disease that has entranced doctors and scientists for two centuries since the British physician James Parkinson described its symptoms in 1817. In Brain Storms, Palfreman chronicles the scientific history of the race to unlock the secrets of the disease. It is a story of many twists and turns. It turns out that the classic motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease—tremors, rigidity, slowness of movement, and postural imbalance—are just the tips of a clinical iceberg. This means that in addition to movement problems, people with Parkinson's disease have to cope with a wide range of adverse symptoms from constipation to dementia. The disease can be caused by environmental toxins. And some forms of the disease can be passed on to future generations. Out goes the old dopamine-centered theory of the disease, which was introduced in the late 1960s. And in comes a new theory about the disease that may offer the possibility of disease-modifying therapy.

Read this book to get an up-to-date review of this mysterious disease.

This guide includes:

Book Summary—helps you understand the key concepts.

Online Videos—cover the concepts in more depth.

Value-added from this guide:

Save time

Understand key concepts

Expand your knowledge

Important Note About This Guide

This guide is a summary and not a critique/review of the book. The summary may not be organized chapter-wise but summarizes the book’s main ideas, viewpoints, and arguments. It is NOT meant to be a replacement, but a supplement to help you understand the book’s key ideas and recommendations.

Title: Summary & Study Guide - Brain Storms

Subtitle: The Race to Unlock the Secrets of Parkinson's Disease

Author: Lee Tang

Publisher: LMT Press (lmtpress.wordpress.com)

Copyright © 2017 by Lee Tang

All rights reserved. Aside from brief quotations for media coverage and reviews, no part of this book may be reproduced or distributed in any form without the author’s permission. Thank you for supporting authors and a diverse, creative culture by purchasing this book and complying with copyright laws.

First Edition: March 2017

Issued in print and electronic formats.

ISBN 9780994764089 (ebook)

ISBN 9781544651262 (paperback)

ISBN 9781987063332 (paperback)

Limit of Liability/Disclaimer of Warranty: The publisher and author make no representations or warranties regarding the accuracy or completeness of these contents and disclaim all warranties such as warranties of fitness for a particular purpose. The website addresses in the book were correct at the time going to print. However, the publisher and author are not responsible for the content of third-party websites, which are subject to change.

To my wife, Lillian, who is the source of energy and love for everything I do, and to Andrew and Amanda: watching you grow up has been a privilege.

Table of Contents

Title Page

Copyright Page

Dedication

Prologue

1. Discovery

2. Restoration

3. The Case of the Frozen Addicts

4. Mind Over Matter

5. Patient Power

6. Surgical Serendipity

7. The Exercise Rx

8. New Neurons for Old

9. Neuroprotection

10. Rebranding Parkinson's Disease

11. The Descendants

12. When Good Proteins Go Bad

13. Damage Assessment

14. Learning From Alzheimer’s

15. Medicine Gold

16. Brain Storms

Index

About the Author

Prologue

In June 2012, Jon Palfreman, a journalist and author of the book "Brain Storms," visited the neuroscientist Bill Langston at his home in Los Altos Hills, California. They met in July 1985 when Palfreman produced a documentary for PBS titled " The Case of the Frozen Addict." The film tells the story of a group of young drug addicts who mysteriously ended up with the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Langston and his colleagues cracked the mystery as he became a renowned neuroscientist, founding his own research institute in Sunnyvale, California.

Palfreman

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