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Alzheimer’s Deep Brain Stimulation: A New Treatment at University of Florida

This article appeared in the Gainesville Sun about the University of Florida team that is participating in the important trial using deep brain stimulation to treat memory problems in Alzheimer’s disease. UF is part of a small but nationwide study and will be covering the entire South and Southeast U.S.

Depression a major factor in Parkinson patients’ care

Depression is not detected early enough or treated aggressively enough according to data and recommendations from the National Parkinson Foundation’s Quality Improvement Initiative “Report to the Community”. USA Today interviewed Dr. Michael Okun, Medical Director for NPF and also the Co-Director of the UF Center…

UF Graduate Student Finds Pupils Normal, But Eye Movements Impaired in Parkinson

University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders & Neurorestoration graduate student Jenna Dietz studied the pupils, and also eye movements in Parkinson’s disease patients.  Jenna, a member of the Bower’s lab published her findings in Neuropsychologia.  Interestingly eye movements, but not pupil responses were impaired…

Recent Respiratory Muscle Strength Training publications

Our speech & swallowing therapists and researchers, Drs. Christine Sapienza, Michelle Troche, John Rosenbek and several others on their team continue to push forward their field of research and bring what they’ve learned into our clinic. This work benefits many of our patients especially those with Parkinson’s, parkinsonisms or dystonia that…

A Promising Therapeutic Approach for Parkinson’s Disease?

This article is  a recent review on a potential new research approach for developing a new therapy for Parkinson’s disease.  The abstract from pubmed is provided below: Neurotox Res. 2012 Aug 7. [Epub ahead of print] Modulating Microglia Activity with PPAR-γ Agonists: A Promising Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease?…

A Shift Back Toward GPi Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease

Time to Consider GPi DBS for Parkinson’s Disease: A Shift in the Practice of Patient Selection for DBS Michael S. Okun, M.D. Read Dr. Okun’s What’s Hot in Parkinson’s disease blog each month at www.parkinson.org A huge question facing Parkinson’s disease patients and clinicians has been, what is the best…

CMDNR postdoctoral fellow, Elizabeth Stegemoller Ph.D., is featured in Parkinson’s Action Network program

Post doctoral fellow, Dr. Elizabeth Stegemoller is interviewed  in a recent Parkinson’s Action Network feature. In February, the Parkinson’s Action Network hosted its inaugural Postdoctoral Investigator Poster Session inWashington,DC, at which 17 researchers presented their work in the field of Parkinson’s research.  After the poster session, Dr. Stegemoller stayed in Washington…

Get a Bone Scan if you have Parkinson’s Disease Even if You are a Man

UF undergraduate student Sara Daniel published this paper on bone health in men with Parkinson’s disease. It is becoming clear than men with PD are at risk for brittle bones and should be getting bone scans and having regular discussions about their bone health. Below is the abstract from Sara’s…