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Learn about 10 Parkinson’s Breakthroughs in Dr. Okun’s book

Progress is being made on various fronts in the understanding and treatment of Parkinson’s Disease.

Cut outs show increase in free water in substantia nigra over one year in Parkinson disease

Diffusion MRI for measuring Parkinson’s disease progression: a UF discovery

Researchers at the University of Florida discovered a way to use diffusion MRIs as a biomarker for Parkinson’s disease progression.


CNN Vital Signs with Dr. Sanjay Gupta looks at Deep Brain Stimulation at UF Health

Dr. Sanjay Gupta came to the University of Florida to look at this new potential treatment paradigm for Tourette’s and one patient’s story.

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Parkinson’s Secrets Treatment Book a Number 1 Best Seller on Amazon

The book Parkinson’s Treatment: 10 Secrets to a Happier Life was listed a number #1 bestseller in Parkinson’s Disease books. The book has been translated into more than 20 language versions.

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They “breached the wall” – Interdisciplinary deep brain stimulation at UF Health profiled by Smithsonian Magazine


It’s true. There often is a wall between the neurosurgeon and the neurologist involved in deep brain stimulation (DBS) procedures.

But for the past 12 years and 1000 DBS lead implantations over that time, there has been no wall between Dr. Kelly Foote & Dr. Michael Okun, co-directors of the UF Health Center for Movement Disorders & Neurorestoration. Their story, the story of our Center’s history, the story of deep brain stimulation’s history, and the story of one of our patient’s surgeries, are profiled in a new article in Smithsonian Magazine.

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Sleep Strategies for Parkinson’s Disease

Nov 18th, 2015

Sleep is critical part to physical, psychological, cognitive & emotional health. With a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease, sleep patterns can be largely affected and create difficulties with any of the […]

Tourette Syndrome and Dating

Nov 17th, 2015

Getting older with Tourette Syndrome can be challenging in many aspects, including the impact that tics can have on social interactions. Dating and meeting other people can be extremely stressful […]

10 Parkinson’s Breakthroughs presented in Dr. Okun’s book

Oct 25th, 2015

What are the potential treatment breakthroughs currently being explored for Parkinson’s disease? What are the details that patients need to know about those potential breakthroughs? That’s what Michael Okun, MD, […]

Nilotinib (Tasigna) for Parkinsons: Questions and Answers

Oct 22nd, 2015

Nilotinib (Tasigna) for Parkinsons: Questions and Answers. What is nilotinib (Tasigna)? Nilotinib is a FDA approved cancer drug for approved for use in certain types of chronic leukemia. Nilotinib is […]

Tourette Association Youth Ambassador Program

Oct 20th, 2015

Are you looking for ways for you to get involved in the Tourette Association? Are you looking for ways to teach others about Tourette Syndrome? Are you looking for a […]


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Visual Changes and Parkinson’s Disease

Sep 8th, 2015

According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, Parkinson’s Disease (PD) difficulties related to the eyes and vision often progress alongside other PD symptoms. Some vision difficulties are related to changes in […]

“Psychogenic” speech disorders: is it all in your head?

Aug 10th, 2015

What is a Psychogenic Speech Disorder?  A psychogenic speech disorder can be defined as a broad category of speech disturbances that represent the manifestation of one or more types of […]

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Cut outs show increase in free water in substantia nigra over one year in Parkinson disease

Diffusion MRI for measuring Parkinson’s disease progression: a UF discovery

May 29th, 2015

“Free water” may sound like what happens when you drink too much water. It is actually “fluid unconstrained by brain tissue, likely because of disease-related degeneration” that turns out to […]

Parkinson’s Research: Update on Apathy

Sep 16th, 2013

Lizabeth Jordan and Drs. Bowers, Okun and Zahodne recently published their research into apathy in Parkinson’s disease. Over time many individuals with Parkinson disease seem to lose their “get up […]