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Parkinson’s Disease

UF Deep Brain Stimulation Program Covered in Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday published an article about Deep Brain Stimulation successes. Included were the currently U.S. approved indications such as Parkinson’s Disease, essential tremor and dystonia as well as experimental indications such as depression and Tourette syndrome. Dr. Okun and one of our patients were interviewed. Only…

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.

Parkinson’s Treatment Tips on Psychosis and Hallucinations

These are quick tips to work on with your doctor in case of acute worrisome hallucinations and psychosis in the setting of Parkinson’s disease: Check for a urinary tract infection or pneumonia Consider the medication list and consider that medications may be the underlying cause, or contributing to the cause…

Group Exercise Class for Parkinson’s Patients

Please join the rehab team for group exercise class! Free to all! Class takes place EVERY Thursday evening at 5:15pm, in the café on the 1st floor of the Orthopedics Institute. Class includes stretching, strengthening, cardiovascular exercise, games, guest appearances, and of course a great deal of laughing! *All are welcome, we…

UF Publishes Study on ER Encounters and DBS

UF just published a study in this month’s Journal of Neurology citing that most ER encounters are not DBS related– We must remember to take care of the whole patient. The first author was Andrew Resnick! Abstract follows: J Neurol. 2009 Oct 8. [Epub ahead of print] The…

The sweet spot? UF doctors test targets for Parkinson surgery

Excerpt from UF Health Science Center News article: Doctors may be able to tailor a specialized form of brain surgery to more closely match the needs of Parkinson patients, according to results from the first large-scale effort to compare the two current target areas of deep brain stimulation surgery, or…