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Expiratory Muscle Strength Training (EMST) for Parkinson’s Disease

People with Parkinson’s disease and other Movement Disorders often develop swallowing disorders, also referred to as dysphagia. A swallowing disorder can affect your ability to move food in your mouth or it can affect the ability of your muscles to successfully and safely transport food and liquid from the back of…

Parkinson’s Research: Update on Apathy

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 and go” and become increasingly apathetic.  Some have wondered whether this apathy is related to an inability to “experience” pleasure. …

The Theory that Parkinson’s Disease Would Disappear Following the Flu Epidemic

Two medical students at the University of Florida Center for movement disorders and neurorestoration write about the demise of two Harvard neurologist’s theory that Parkinson’s disease would disappear as all the flu (influenza) epidemic survivors died off.  Read their great paper in this months journal article…

Apathy in PD and the related anhedonia and behavioral deficits – Research Report

The neurospsychology team led by Dr. Dawn Bowers published a report on patients with Parkinson Disease & apathy in the Movement Disorders journal. Hedonic and behavioral deficits associated with apathy in Parkinson’s disease: Potential treatment implications. Jordan LL, Zahodne LB, Okun MS, Bowers D. Mov Disord. 2013 May 27. doi: 10.1002/mds.25496. [Epub ahead of print] BACKGROUND:…

The Importance of Improving Pre-DBS Surgery Screening for Impulse Control Disorders

Dr. Nawaz Hack from the Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration presented the results of his research in Sydney Australia on the importance of screening and follow-up in patients with Parkinson’s disease and impulse control disorders or dopamine dysregulation syndrome.  The research was drawn from 47 Parkinson Study Group Sites…

A Preventable Complication of Deep Brain Stimulation.

Dr. Foote and Dr. Morishita at the University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration published a paper this month that discusses a potentially preventable complication of deep brain stimulation: cerebral venous infarction.

Save the Date for the 2nd Annual PSP Symposium/Think Tank

Researchers and clinicians, the 2nd Annual Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Symposium/Think Tank is coming up on Friday, April 19, 2013. Please join us for a morning of talks devoted to the topic “Progress in Research: Understanding the Pathological Mechanisms of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy” Friday, April 19, 2013 8:00 AM –…