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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 Baptist Church 8001 Northwest 23rd Avenue Gainesville,…

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 Dr. Irene Malaty were guests on episodes recently. Dr. Okun is…

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 abnormal posture or abnormal movement…

Dizziness/Light headed Sensations with Parkinson’s Disease: Is it Orthostatic Hypotension?

Written by Frank Vickory SPT, CSCS Parkinson’s Disease (PD) generally presents with some combination of four cardinal signs: Bradykinesia (slow movements), rigidity, resting tremor and postural instability. However, there are secondary symptoms of PD that can occur in many patients. One of the most common and potentially dangerous symptoms is Orthostatic Hypotension (OH). Fortunately, in…

WebMD article with advice for worsening Parkinson disease

WebMD and the Davis Phinney Foundation collaborated with our co-director Dr. Michael Okun on a new article that is more of a mini-course called “My Parkinson Disease Is Getting Worse! What’s Next?” In this course you will learn: The symptoms of advancing Parkinson disease Why symptoms may unexpectedly go “on” and “off” When you need…

Podcast discusses need for neurologists to watch for swallowing issues

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 and Alicia Vose, M.A., CCC-SL. In episode 4, they interviewed our Co-Director and Chair of Neurology, Dr. Michael Okun, about how important swallowing issues are…

Dr. Bowers discusses apathy & depression in webinar

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 talk on apathy & depression. Topics included: The difference between apathy & depression Why apathy is such a problem in Parkinson disease Why some treatments…

Dr. Christopher Hess discusses Parkinson disease on C-SPAN

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. Hess is a neurologist in our Center and also directs the Veterans Administration Parkinson’s Disease Consortium Center at the North Florida/South Georgia VA Medical Center.…

Trastornos del Sueño en Parkinson

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 major decision en su manejo. Recuerden que las recomendaciones que se emiten aquí deberán ser discutidas con su médico antes de tomar cualquier decisión. Trastorno…