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Physical Activities and Tics

We already know the many benefits of exercise on our health, including: Improved physical health Decreased stress Improved mental cognition However, with tic disorders, exercise has been proven to be effective in two other aspects as well. First, in a study completed by Nixon, Glazebrook, Hollis & Jackson in 2014, it showed that moderate level…

Walk On! The benefits of walking for people living with Parkinson’s Disease

By Bryan Dondero, SPT University of Vermont Imagine for a minute that you have just met with your doctor and they told you they are going to write you a prescription for a new wonder drug that will not only address your Parkinsonian symptoms like balance and walking, 1 but will also improve your mood,…

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 answer in his latest book…

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 UF CMDNR).  However, when asked…

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 help DELAY the rate of…

Dystonia patient receives 1,000th DBS lead implanted at UF Health

The POST, a monthly magazine by Univeristy of Florida Health, published the story of 14-year-old Felipe Hanel and the deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery to treat his dystonia. Felipe received the 1000th DBS lead implanted by the UF Health Center for Movement Disorders & Neurorestoration team.  “I know the place I ultimately want to stimulate in…

Join us for the 2014 UF Health Parkinson Disease Symposium on April 5th

Our 12th Annual Parkinson’s Symposium for Patients, Caregivers, & Health Professionals will be Saturday, April 5th at the Alachua County Senior Center. Address: 5701 N.W. 34th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32653 Map We’ll start with registration from 8am to 9am. Coffee, tea, and a light breakfast will be available until 10am. The first talk will start at…

New Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) Information Page

Primer with Ten Common Questions and Answers We recently updated our UF Information Page on Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). Dr. McFarland has written a basic primer for PSP and here discusses ten common questions about the disease and provides basic answers for patients and families. What is Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)? Who gets PSP? (Why me?)…