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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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Tourette Syndrome-It’s not what you think it is

Jul 12th, 2016

On July 6th, the Tourette Association of America shared this new image of what exactly is Tourette Syndrome.  How powerful is this? What do you think?   So, what does […]

Local Parkinson’s Community Fights Back

Jul 8th, 2016

There has been a growing buzz in the Parkinson community about boxing as a means to combat symptoms and improve function, especially after CBS aired a feature on “Sunday Morning” […]

Podcast discusses need for neurologists to watch for swallowing issues

Jul 7th, 2016

A new podcast called “Down the Hatch” discusses issues that swallowing clinicians face and news in their field. The podcast is hosted by two speech-language pathologists Ianessa Humbert, Ph.D., CCC-SLP […]

Dr. Bowers discusses apathy & depression in webinar

Jun 23rd, 2016

Dr. Dawn Bowers, who is a clinical neuropsychologist at the UF Health Center for Movement Disorders & Neurorestoration and the director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, recently gave a webinar […]

Dr. Christopher Hess discusses Parkinson disease on C-SPAN

Jun 13th, 2016

Dr. Christopher Hess appeared on C-SPAN show Washington Journal for about 40 minutes to discuss Parkinson disease in the United States with the host and answer questions from callers. Dr. […]


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Trastornos del Sueño en Parkinson

May 13th, 2016

La trastornos del sueño son communes en el Parkinson, donde alrededor del 60-80% de las personas los padecerán. Es importante reconocerlos y hacérlos saber a su médico para tomar la […]

Psicosis en Parkinson: identificación y manejo

Mar 16th, 2016

¿Cómo se presenta la psicosis en el Parkinson? La psicosis es un trastorno relativamente frecuente en el Parkinson que se puede presentar en alrededor del 60% de los pacientes en […]

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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 […]