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A Shift Back Toward GPi Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease

Time to Consider GPi DBS for Parkinson’s Disease: A Shift in the Practice of Patient Selection for DBS Michael S. Okun, M.D. Read Dr. Okun’s What’s Hot in Parkinson’s disease blog each month at www.parkinson.org A huge question facing Parkinson’s disease patients and clinicians has been, what is the best…

Get a Bone Scan if you have Parkinson’s Disease Even if You are a Man

UF undergraduate student Sara Daniel published this paper on bone health in men with Parkinson’s disease. It is becoming clear than men with PD are at risk for brittle bones and should be getting bone scans and having regular discussions about their bone health. Below is the abstract from Sara’s…

Parkinson’s Treatment Quality Improvement Initiative- NPF Enrolls 5000

The University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders & Neurorestoration is a proud participant in this program. It is exciting to see NPF reach this milestone. NPF’s Landmark Quality Improvement Initiative Enrolls 5,000 Parkinson’s Patients New Findings Presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 64th Annual Meeting…

How Amantadine Went From a Flu Drug to a Parkinson’s Drug

UF Med student Grant Hubsher recently published an article describing how a single observation in a patient with Parkinson’s disease taking amantadine for flu, led to the use of amantadine in Parkinson’s disease.  His paper appears in this month’s edition of Neurology.  The abstract is below: Neurology. 2012 Apr…

Weight Lifting Helps Persons with Parkinson’s disease Walk Better

Perhaps contrary to a recent report in the New England Journal of Medicine, resistance training (or weight lifting) is quite beneficial for persons with PD. In a recent paper published from the Applied Neuromechanics Lab here at UF, resistance training  led to  significant and clinically relevant improvements in the length…

“Aware in Care” kits aim to improve hospital stays for Parkinson patients

The National Parkinson Foundation has developed a kit for Parkinson patients that will give them tools to make sure they get the best possible care in the hospital. The “Aware in Care” kit is available for free to patients on the website AwareInCare.org and contains: an action plan to prepare…

Having Problems with Starting to Walk?

UF graduate students in association with the Applied Neuromechanics Laboratory directed by Dr. Hass have published recent papers examining potential strategies for Parkinson patients to improve their ability to start walking. Altering the way you stand improves your ability to start walking. Positive emotions improve your ability to…