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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:…

NPF Parkinson Disease Town Hall coming to University of Florida

The National Parkinson Foundation is coming to the University of Florida on June 4th and you are invited.  Many of you are involved with their NPF’s Parkinson’s Outcomes Project which was designed to study how the best care affects real people with Parkinson’s disease, at every stage of…

New Parkinson’s book aims to help patients & caregivers around the world

Many of the valuable resources available to help patients with Parkinson disease are only available in English. In a new book translated into over 20 languages Michael S. Okun, MD, the co-director of the University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders & Neurorestoration, aims to help patients live well with Parkinson disease. “Parkinson’s…

University of Florida 2013 Parkinson Disease Symposium – Full Details

The UF Center for Movement Disorders & Neurorestoration is excited to announce the itinerary for the 11th Annual Parkinson’s Disease Symposium for Patients, Caregivers, and Healthcare Providers. It’s happening on Saturday, April 20th. The Symposium will again be held at the Alachua County Senior Recreational Center at…

Stress Management Related to Parkinson’s Disease

Stress can have a large influence on PD symptoms such as tremors, rigidity and balance difficulties. It is important to manage your stress during your daily activities in order to ensure most function and safety.  Listed below are several simple strategies on quick ways to manage your stress: Deep Breathing…

More on Parkinson Disease and Depression

Dr. Irene Malaty talked to WCJB TV and GTN TV over the last couple of weeks about the National Parkinson Foundation findings on depression in Parkinson disease. WCJB Interview GTN Interview…

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…