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Review of motor cortex effects of Parkinson disease published

Dr. David Vaillancourt from the University of Florida and Dr. Roxana Burciu from University of Delaware published a review of what different brain imaging techniques have been showing when looking at the primary motor cortex in Parkinson disease patients. The effects of Parkinson disease on the substantia nigra and related brain areas are typically discussed…

Diffusion MRI for measuring Parkinson’s disease progression: a UF discovery

“Free water” may sound like what happens when you drink too much water. It is actually “fluid unconstrained by brain tissue, likely because of disease-related degeneration” that turns out to be a biomarker than can be used to track Parkinson’s disease progression in a non-invasive way, thanks to a discovery by researchers at the University…

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.  Or, whether apathy reduces the desire…

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 in Parkinson’s Disease.

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: Many individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD) experience…

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 and was covered in an article…

Florida Researcher Introduces a New Imaging Technique for Parkinson’s Disease and Parkinsonism

University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration researcher Dr. David Vaillancourt was featured on the front page of the Gainesville Sun for his recent publication on a new technique to diagnose Parkinson’s disease and parkinsonisms  earlier in the course of the disease. An excerpt from the article: Although the patients already had been diagnosed with…

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 for Movement Disorders & Neurorestoration, and Joyce Oberdorf, the president of NPF,…