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How Amantadine Went From a Flu Drug to a Parkinson’s Drug

UF Med student Grant Hubsher recently published an article describing how a single observation in a patient with Parkinson’s disease taking amantadine for flu, led to the use of amantadine in Parkinson’s disease.  His paper appears in this month’s edition of Neurology.  The abstract is below: Neurology. 2012 Apr…

STN DBS may Worsen Balance Compared to GPi DBS

Fay Horak, et. al., at the Oregon Health & Science University just published this paper suggesting that STN DBS may have a more detrimental effect on balance as compared to GPi DBS.  Many studies are now focusing on better defining the differences in the surgical targets chosen for…

TEDx Talk on Deep Brain Stimulation by Dr. Michael Okun and Dr. Kelly Foote

This TEDx talk on Deep Brain Stimulation titled the Electric Brain was given on February 11, 2012. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7udZ5ux0dYE Learn more about Deep Brain Stimulation… The human brain is a supercomputer with networks that control the various functions that make us who we are,…

Weight Lifting Helps Persons with Parkinson’s disease Walk Better

Perhaps contrary to a recent report in the New England Journal of Medicine, resistance training (or weight lifting) is quite beneficial for persons with PD. In a recent paper published from the Applied Neuromechanics Lab here at UF, resistance training  led to  significant and clinically relevant improvements in the length…

UF Center for Movement Disorders & Neurorestoration will host the first annual Symposium/ThinkTank on Parkinsonism and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)

The University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders & Neurorestoration will host the first annual Symposium/ThinkTank on Parkinsonism and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) on Friday, February 17th at the McKnight Brain Institute.  Discussion will range from clinical to basic science and featured panelists include Irene Litvan, MD, the Director of…

Having Problems with Starting to Walk?

UF graduate students in association with the Applied Neuromechanics Laboratory directed by Dr. Hass have published recent papers examining potential strategies for Parkinson patients to improve their ability to start walking. Altering the way you stand improves your ability to start walking. Positive emotions improve your ability to…

UF-led study of new DBS therapy shows positive results

In a study published in Lancet Neurology, UF researchers and researchers from 14 other institutions published positive results of a new form of deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy. The study, sponsored by St. Jude Medical Inc., used a new constant current device and patients were followed for 12 months. Dr.