Living with Parkinson’s

The Frontline series on PBS recently ran a program produced by Dave Iverson. He’s a reporter and Friday host of Forum on KQED, San Francisco’s public radio station.

The documentary, My Father, My Brother, and Me, is all about Parkinson’s Disease, but from a very personal perspective. Dave’s father died of Parkinson’s, his brother contracted the disease, and Dave himself was diagnosed with Parkinson’s a few years ago. It seems that Dave’s family is one of the minority of Parkinson’s patients with a hereditary form of the disease.

In the documentary, he explores the latest research on the disease, its environmental and genetic links. He talks about some promising treatments, as well as the political controversy around stem cell research. And he shows the positive benefits of exercise and dance for those coping with the disease.

You can watch the entire program on Frontline’s website, which also links to PD resources on the web.

Dave was also interviewed about the documentary by Michael Krasny on KQED’s Forum radio show, and by Terry Gross on Fresh Air.

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