April is Parkinson's Awareness Month - Watch My Father, My Brother, and Me on PBS.org

Posted on April 16, 2010
As many as 1.5 million people in the United States are afflicted with Parkinson’ s Disease. And while research using stem cells shows promise and has resumed under the Obama Administration, there is still no cure. About $25 billion dollars is spent on the treatment of and care for Parkinsonian patients every year. In honor of Parkinson's Awareness Month, we direct your attention to a moving and informative ITVS film called My Father, My Brother, and Me, which was recently broadcast on Frontline and is currently available to watch for free online at PBS.org. Producer Dave Iverson began making the film after he was diagnosed with the degenerative brain disease, just as his father and brother had before him. Featuring interviews with Parkinson's sufferers Michael Kinsley and Charles Krauthammer, and research scientist Dr. William Langston, the film is part elegy and part rigorous investigation into the mysteries that surround the disease and the controversy surrounding the research into its cure. Check out the My Father, My Brother, and Me companion website for a wealth of behind-the-scenes video, including an exclusive interview with actor and stem-cell research advocate Michael J. Fox. Watch the trailer below:


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