InspirFit offers PD programs designed to increase or maintain the physical well-being of participants. The foundation provides a grant to the program.
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Ali’s symptoms and the course of his disease were also consistent with a genetic form of Parkinson’s, said Michael Okun, chairman of neurology at the University of Florida, who was a longtime Ali friend and adviser. About 10% of cases are believed to be caused directly by genetics.
While Muhammad Ali knocked out a slew of boxing greats inside the ring, his toughest battle was that against Parkinson’s disease. Michael Okun from the National Parkinson Foundation, explains the disease and shares how he personally worked with Muhammad Ali during his battle.
It’s been widely assumed that Ali’s Parkinson’s was caused by taking far too many punches during his boxing career. Including his amateur days, Ali fought for more than 25 years. He turned pro in 1960 after winning a gold medal at the Rome Olympics, and retired for good in 1981.
Muhammad Ali is in the hospital with respiratory problems, and while officials haven't given details about his condition, the boxing great's health in general is complicated by advanced Parkinson's — a degenerative disease he's lived with for three decades. Here are some questions and answers about Parkinson's disease.
Dr. Michael Okun, who chairs the Department of Neurology at the University of Florida and is national medical director for the National Parkinson Foundation, said the strips would give patients "access to a new formulation of medication without the need for an injection." But Okun, who was not involved in the research, pointed out that the treatment may have some shortcomings.
New research reveals how exercise of any kind can dramatically improve the slowness, stiffness and balance issues associated with Parkinson’s disease.
More studies are showing that living well keeps the brain engaged. This article lists five ways to keep the brain sharp. “Some experts believe that if we live long enough, we will all lose enough cells and inevitably develop a neurodegenerative disease,” said Dr. Okun.
Acadia announced that the first drug for hallucinations and delusions associated with PD psychosis was approved. “Today’s approval of NUPLAZID represents a major paradigm shift in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease psychosis,” said Dr. Okun.
NPF Western New York successfully made the Peace Bridge, Electric Tower and Niagara Falls blue for Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Dr. Vilasini Shanbhag, NPF WNY board member, shares some of her story.
Dr. Okun is quoted in regards to how a change in handwriting can be an indicator of PD. Other signs mentioned in this article can be a forewarning of serious health issues.