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Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s progression biomarker covered in UF Explore Magazine

Researchers at the University of Florida have discovered a way to measure the progression of Parkinson disease through brain imaging. See our original post on this research here. This discovery was also discussed on page 4 of the UF Explore research magazine. This new brain imaging protocol…

10 Parkinson’s Breakthroughs presented in Dr. Okun’s book

What are the potential treatment breakthroughs currently being explored for Parkinson’s disease? What are the details that patients need to know about those potential breakthroughs? That’s what Michael Okun, MD, Co-Director of our UF Health Center for Movement Disorders & Neurorestoration and Medical Director for National Parkinson Foundation works to…

Nilotinib (Tasigna) for Parkinsons: Questions and Answers

Nilotinib (Tasigna) for Parkinsons: Questions and Answers. What is nilotinib (Tasigna)? Nilotinib is a FDA approved cancer drug for approved for use in certain types of chronic leukemia. Nilotinib is a protein kinase inhibitor that works by blocking abnormal protein signals which tell cancer cells to divide and multiply. The…

Visual Changes and Parkinson’s Disease

According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, Parkinson’s Disease (PD) difficulties related to the eyes and vision often progress alongside other PD symptoms. Some vision difficulties are related to changes in the movement of the eyeball. These are motor symptoms, similar to other motor symptoms that are caused by loss of…

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…

Annual UF Health Parkinson’s Educational Symposium coming April 11, 2015

This is a FREE educational day open to the public. It is a great way to update your knowledge of the specifics of Parkinson’s Disease and meet people who are fighting for a cure. Join us at: North Central Baptist Church: 8001 Northwest 23rd Avenue Gainesville, FL Registration starts…

Something went down the wrong pipe… or did it?

Disordered swallowing, or dysphagia, is important for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD), and other neurodegenerative diseases, to consider.  This is because most people with PD will develop dysphagia at some point during the course of the disease (the same is true for many other neurodegenerative diseases that we see at…

Physical Therapy Tips for Exercise

Exercise is a hot topic in Parkinson’s disease and additional neurodegenerative diseases because we continue to discover its “neuroprotective” benefit. What does “neuroprotective” even mean? How can all of the exercise research be translated into everyday life activities? What I like to explain to our patients is that exercise can…

Parkinson’s Disease and Muscle Rigidity

Muscle rigidity (also known as muscle stiffness) is one of the four cardinal symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and is often one of the chief complaints of patients with PD. Muscle rigidity can have an effect on a patient’s ability to complete daily activities including getting dress, brushing their teeth, or…