Photo: (From left) Occupational therapist Lisa Warren, M.H.S., OTR/L, and Melissa Armstrong, M.D., M.Sc., discuss a case. Patients suffering from dementia with Lewy bodies benefit from a multidisciplinary approach to care at the Fixel Center.

Fixel Center earns Lewy body dementia designation!

The Fixel Center for Neurological Diseases at UF Health has garnered national recognition as a newly named Lewy Body Dementia Association Research Center of Excellence.

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UF Health’s Multiple Sclerosis Program is New Corporate Sponsor for MS Walk Villages

Hundreds join in Walk MS in The Villages By Larry Lentz More than 350 Villagers took a collective, critical step to ending the debilitating illness of Multiple Sclerosis by participating in […]

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McKnight Brain Institute Brain Awareness Week 2018

On Wednesday, March 14, area homeschool students visited UF to participate in the MBI’s Brain Awareness Week activities. UF Neuroscience students hosted the event and also engaged with more than […]

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Dr. Michael Okun, MD, honored by American Society for Experimental Neurotherapeutics!

Michael S. Okun, MD, Adelaide Lackner Professor and Chair of Neurology, and Co-director of the Fixel Center for Neurological Diseases at the University of Florida Health College of Medicine, was […]

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Research Day 2018 – Save the Date!

In accordance with the University of Florida Department of Neurology’s commitment to Research, We Proudly Present the 2nd Annual RESEARCH DAY!   When:  June 2, 2018 8:00AM-4:00PM Where:  Shands South Tower (SACC) […]

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Multiple Ascending Dose Study of the Tau-Directed Monoclonal Antibody BIIB092 in Patients with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy

Apr 20th, 2018

Congratulations Dr. Nikolaus McFarland on the publication of “Multiple Ascending Dose Study of the Tau-Directed Monoclonal Antibody BIIB092 in Patients with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy” in the April 24th supplement of […]

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Rab8a protects against alpha-synuclein toxicity in a rat model of Parkinsonism

Apr 19th, 2018

Congratulations to Drs. Nikolaus McFarland, Mayur Parmar, Hyo-Jin Park, Daniel Ryu, Lyndsee Powell, Rachel Foels and Sofia Anagnostis on the publication of “Rab8a protects against alpha-synuclein toxicity in a rat model of Parkinsonism” in the April 24th supplement […]

Deep Brain Stimulation associated gliosis: A post-mortem study

Apr 18th, 2018

Congratulations to Drs. Vedam-Mai, Elkouzi and Okun on the publication of “Deep Brain Stimulation associated gliosis: A post-mortem study” in the the latest issue of Parkinsonism & Related Disorders. Abstract […]

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A Case of Tardive Dyskinesia and Parkinsonism Following Use of Phentermine for Weight Loss

Apr 18th, 2018

Congratulations to Drs. Ryan Barmore, Christopher Hess, Nikolaus McFarland and Michael Okun on the publication of “A Case of Tardive Dyskinesia and Parkinsonism Following Use of Phentermine for Weight Loss” in the April edition of […]

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Line Bisection and Trisection, Age and Accuracy

Apr 17th, 2018

Congratulations to Drs. Zared Schwartz, John Williamson, and Kenneth Heilman, on the publication of “Line Bisection and Trisection, Age and Accuracy.”  This article was published in the April 2018 issue of Neurology.   Abstract […]

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Podcasts

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Stem Cells and Parkinson’s

Click here to listen! Stem cells – those cells that can give rise to so many cell types in the body – have been touted as the cure-all for a […]

How to Manage Parkinson’s “Off” Time

Parkinson’s can be unpredictable – symptoms can come and go or get better and worse throughout the day. These so-called “on-off” fluctuations (also called motor fluctuations) and dyskinesias can be […]

Solving the Puzzle of Living with Parkinson’s

Harvesting Happiness with guest Dr. Michael Okun Host Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA is an Applied Positive Psychology and lifestyle management consultant specializing in the fields of addiction and trauma recovery, life-crises triage, integrated wellbeing and mindful living. Her mission-driven international […]

Substantial Matters: Life and Science of Parkinson’s

In this debut episode of Substantial Matters: Life and Science of Parkinson’s, brought to you by the National Parkinson Foundation, Dr. Michael Okun talks about early warning signs of Parkinson’s […]

Advocacy in dysphagia management:  A Neurologist’s perspective (Guest:  Dr. Michael Okun)

Listen to Down the Hatch – a Podcast on SoundCloud! Physicians play a critical role in dysphagia management, even though swallowing may not have been included in their medical training. […]

Patient Information Videos

Patient Education Videos

Stem Cell Treatment in Parkinsons Disease Below is a video presented as an interview between Dr. Aparna Wagle-Shukla and Dr. Wissam Deeb which discussed the use and prospects of Stem […]

Monthly Blog

6 Steps to better sleep

BY MELISSA ARMSTRONG, MD, MSC, FAAN Many neurologic diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis disrupt sleep. Sleep problems also can impact the brain: multiple research studies suggest, for […]

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The Neurologist is in…

Monthly insights and advice from a stroke specialist, a movement disorder expert, and a neuromuscular physician. by Melissa Armstrong, MD, MSC featured in Neurology Now, Your Trusted Resource for Brain […]

Faculty Research Update

Migraine and Depression
by Yulia Orlova et al., 2018

Yulia Y Orlova, MD - PhotoSerotonin syndrome is a toxicity syndrome related to the use of serotonergic medications. Patients need to have at least one of the following symptoms/signs (refer to the article for more details):

  • Spontaneous clonus
  • Inducible clonus + (agitation or sweating)
  • Ocular clonus + (agitation or sweating)
  • Tremor + hyperreflexia
  • Hypertonia + temperature above 38C + (ocular clonus or inducible clonus)

The FDA has issued an advisory warning against the possible higher risk of serotonin syndrome with concomitant use of triptans (to manage migraine headaches) and certain antidepressants: selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) or selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRI).

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