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The Importance of Oral Care in Parkinson’s Disease

By: Lindsay Arena, MA, CF-SLP Swallowing dysfunction is frequent in Parkinson’s disease (PD) and is commonly associated with aspiration pneumonia, which is the leading cause of death in PD. Aspiration pneumonia is a bacterial infection in the lungs that occurs when saliva, food, liquid, or regurgitated material enters the…

Maintaining Function with Parkinson’s Disease During COVID-19

Navigating Parkinson’s Disease (PD)can be a challenge. However, with the recent Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), staying healthy and safe can be additionally challenging.  To minimize the functional impact that this pandemic has caused on one’s physical and mental well-being, it is important to follow these simple, practical strategies for success.

Exercise videos for PD patients (and others) to do at home

Jillian, an intern with our rehab team, has been making videos for our patients to use during this time when going to rehab in person is not happening. Please watch them in the embedded playlist below. Right now, two are available but more are coming! As is the case with…

Dr. Armstrong to lead webinar about Corticobasal Syndrome

The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration will be hosting a webinar taught by Dr. Melissa Armstrong titled “Corticobasal Syndrome & Corticobasal Degeneration: Basics & What You Need to Know”. Dr. Melissa Armstrong is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology and the Director of the…

MSA Coalition 2019 Annual Family Conference

Our own Dr. McFarland will be the host of this event at Disney. You can participate in workshops and hear talks from our team including our social worker, and our physical, occupational, and speech therapists. Join them for a helpful conference at Disney World. From the MSA Coalition: The MSA…

2019 Parkinson Disease Educational Symposium – May 18, 2019

The Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases presents our Annual Parkinson Disease Educational Symposium on May 18th, 2019. We hope you will join us for a series of talks on a variety of topics of interest to Parkinson disease patients and caregivers. It will be at North Central…

New Parkinson disease podcast from the Parkinson Foundation launches

What are the early signs of Parkinson’s? What are motor fluctuations? A new podcast from the Parkinson’s Foundation (the new name for the National Parkinson’s Foundation) aims to answer these questions and more. The podcast is called “Substantial Matters” and Dr. Michael Okun and…

Blepharospasm Possible Treatments: Botulinum Toxin and Rose-Tinted Glasses

Blepharospasm Possible Treatments: Botox and Rose-Tinted Glasses By: Wissam Deeb, M.D. & Aparna Wagle Shukla, M.D. Blepharospasm is the scientific name given to excessive involuntary forced eye blinking. It is one type of a large group of disorders called dystonias1. Dystonia is abnormal contraction/spasm of the muscles that result in…