Printer Friendly

Surviving Adversity: Living with Parkinson's Disease.

Surviving Adversity: Living with Parkinson's Disease

Edited by Gord Carley (Surviving Adversity, 2007)

Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder that results from the loss of nerve cells in the brain that help control movement. These nerve cells produce a chemical called dopamine, which sends signals between brain cells. The destruction of those nerve cells causes a shortage of dopamine, which works with another chemical messenger called acetylcholine to make muscle movement smooth. The shortage of dopamine results in tremors, rigid muscles and impaired coordination and balance. Parkinson's disease is more prevalent in men than in women.

The first thing people hear about Parkinson's is complicated medical language (see paragraph above). It's often confusing and a little frightening, especially for someone with a new diagnosis, and their friends and family. This book, containing 28 profiles of individuals who share their stories of how they have adjusted to Parkinson's, will help alleviate some of that anxiety by providing readers with perspective and hope.

By Barbara Bourrier-La Croix from the CWHN Expert Review Advisory Committee

COPYRIGHT 2008 Canadian Women's Health Network
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2008 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:WHAT WE'RE READING: recommended resources from our library
Author:Croix, Barbara Bourrier-La
Publication:Network (Winnipeg)
Date:Mar 22, 2008
Previous Article:All Our Sisters: Stories of Homeless Women in Canada.
Next Article:Feminist Reflections on Growth and Transformation: Asian American Women in Therapy.

Related Articles
MAO inhibitor is approved for Parkinson's.
Two Parkinson's drugs linked with valve damage.
Creatine to flex muscles in Parkinson's trial.
Ecstasy and Parkinson's disease.
AM in call for more Parkinson's nurses.
Plymouth boss has Parkinson's.
City patients join Parkinson's trial; HEALTH: Sufferers can aid understanding of debilitating brain condition.
Bird flu virus strain leaves survivors at increased Parkinson's disease risk.
Parkinson's patients 'at increased risk of developing osteoporosis'.
Health Professionals' Guide to Physical Management of Parkinson's Disease.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2020 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters