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Chicago Tribune: Parkinson's Patients Find Help at Willowbrook Fitness Facility

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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Univision: Muhammad Ali y el Parkinson: una pelea que duró tres décadas Monday, June 6, 2016

Tenía 42 años y los síntomas habían afectado completamente un lado de su cuerpo, una asimetría producto de la enfermedad que se mantuvo a lo largo de los años, según comentó a Univision Noticias el doctor Michael S. Okun, director médico nacional de la National Parkinson Foundation.

Time: The Complicated Link Between Muhammad Ali’s Death and Boxing Monday, June 6, 2016

Dr. Michael Okun, medical director for the National Parkinson Foundation, notes that “there is still a big gap in our knowledge. Researchers have found that people hit in the head repeatedly are more likely to develop Parkinson’s, so there is something to it. But to assign causation is still too premature.”

VICE Sports: A Nerurologist Weighs in on Muhammad Ali's Battle with Parkinson's Monday, June 6, 2016

Fightland spoke with Dr. Michael S. Okun, chairman of neurology at the University of Florida, national medical director for the National Parkinson Foundation, and the author of books including 10 Breakthrough Therapies for Parkinson's Disease.

ABC News: Ali Transformed Parkinson's Awareness, Inspired Patients Monday, June 6, 2016

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.

Mashable: Parkinson's disease was the fight of Muhammad Ali's life Saturday, June 4, 2016

“While Muhammad Ali is best known as one of the greatest athletes of our time, we will always remember him as one of the strongest fighters in the Parkinson’s community,” Dr. Michael S. Okun, national medical director of the National Parkinson Foundation, said in a statement.

Palm Beach Post: For those in Palm Beach County with Parkinson’s, Ali was a true fighter Saturday, June 4, 2016

“I went up to him,” says Perlin, who eventually became a board member and executive director of the South Palm Beach County chapter of the National Parkinson’s Foundation, “and of course everyone else in the world, when they recognized him, wanted to talk to him. He was the most famous man on the planet. But he sat down and talked to me, and I reminded him of (telling him) that story about my father.”

New York Times: Parkinson’s: A Progressive, Incurable Disease Saturday, June 4, 2016

Muhammad Ali, who died on Friday after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease, was given the diagnosis in 1984 when he was 42.

USA Today: Head trauma may have contributed to Ali's Parkinson's Saturday, June 4, 2016

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.

MSNBC: What is the link between Parkinson’s and Ali’s death? Saturday, June 4, 2016

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.

Yahoo! Sports: Muhammad Ali's Parkinson's may not have been caused by boxing Saturday, June 4, 2016

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.

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