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Parkinson’s Treatment Tips for Dyskinesia

What are dyskinesias and how can I manage them? Dyskinesias are abnormal, involuntary movements that occur in response to repeated dopamine-replacement therapy (Brotchie 2005; Olanow 2001). Sometimes, they can be debilitating. These motor complications are typically “choreiform”. Chorea comes from the Greek word meaning “to dance”, so the dyskinesias looks…

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…

Parkinson’s Treatment Tips on the Worst Drugs for Parkinson’s Disease

A Critical Reappraisal of the Worst Drugs in Parkinson’s Disease What are the worst drugs for Parkinson’s disease patients?  Couldn’t a simple list be assembled and disseminated to the Parkinson community?  Recently Ed Steinmetz, an experienced neurologist in Ft. Meyers, FL pointed out to me, a list approach published in…

Parkinson’s Treatment Tips for Constipation

Over the years we have noticed that Parkinson’s disease patients commonly present with constipation.  We always recommend as much daily vigorous exercise as is possible, and drinking 6-8 glasses of water a day.  If that doesn’t work, we have over the last ten…

Parkinson Disease and Hospitalizations

Drs. Oyama and Okun from the University of Florida wrote a blog post on the National Parkinson Foundation website about two recent articles which point out to physicians the problems that Parkinson patients may have when they come in for a hospitalization and during their treatment. One…

Movement Disorders Society provides new PD patient education talks

The Movement Disorders Society typically focuses on educating clinicians on these disorders. This year, however, they are branching out with their first patient education symposium and it was captured on video. The symposium was held at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center on October 2009 but is now available as a…

Tourette Syndrome Specialty Clinic Available in Gainesville

The UFMDC has started a Tourette Syndrome clinic dedicated to those patients. If you would like to be seen in this clinic or refer someone, please call (352) 294-5400. EDIT: We now have a page about our interdisciplinary Tourette’s treatment clinic…