Essential Tremor in the News

The topic of essential tremor is in the news more than most realize. Below you will find a collection of news articles and reports from around the world all discussing some aspect of essential tremor, including research. When reading any research findings, remember that in order for research to be considered valid, it must be repeated and come to the same conclusions.

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Recent News

Tremors no match for lifelong Savannah woodworker
Katie Martin, Savannah Morning News – At 90 years old you could say woodworking, which started as a childhood hobby for Al Schunemann, has turned into a lifelong passion. “I used to make toy sailboats and my mother had a pedal sewing machine and I’d sew the sails on the machine,” Schunemann said. “I couldn’t buy a lot of things I wanted as a kid, so I made them.”

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Liftware, Stabilization Technology for Movement Disorders, Increases Focus on Charitable Giving and Introduces Price Reduction for the Holiday Season
PR Newswire – Liftware (, a stabilizing handle with a selection of attachments, helps people with tremor (essential tremor, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis) eat with ease. Today, the company announced it will reduce its price for the holiday season by one hundred dollars, selling now for $195.  The promotion will run through December 31, 2015.

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The Truth About Essential Tremor: It’s Not Just a Case of Nerves
Stacey Colino, U.S. News & World Report – If your hand routinely shakes when you hold a drink, sign your name or tap a number into your cellphone, you may fear that you’re experiencing signs of Parkinson’s disease. But what you’re more likely to have is essential tremor, a common neurological condition that causes an involuntary, rhythmic trembling of the hands during movement but can also affect the head, voice or legs.

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Robin Caron wants you to know why she is shaking
Randall Beach, New Haven Register – When Robin Caron sat down to write an email message to me (a major effort for her), she gave it this heading: “ET is more than a movie.” “Have you ever heard of ET (essential tremor)?” she asked. I had not. Nor have many other people. And that’s her point. Caron told me she had never heard of ET, either, even though she was a registered nurse, until she was diagnosed with the neurological condition in 1993.

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Brain surgery pioneered in the U.S. at OHSU done live on TV – A team of three specialists will perform deep brain stimulation surgery in a patient who’s awake. The program, “Brain Surgery Live with Mental Floss,” will air at 6 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on the National Geographic Channel.

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SAGE Therapeutics Announces Results From Successful Exploratory Trial in Essential Tremor
Globe Newswire – SAGE Therapeutics announced results from a successful exploratory clinical trial of SAGE-547 to evaluate the GABAA mechanism of action as a treatment for essential tremor.

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INSIGHTEC Submits Pre-Market Application (PMA) for FDA Approval of Exablate Neuro for Treatment of Essential Tremor
PR Newswire – INSIGHTEC, the leader in MR guided Focused Ultrasound (MRgFUS) therapy announces today that it has submitted a pre-market approval application (PMA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Exablate Neuro treatment of Essential Tremor.

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Defining the Treatment Gap: What Essential Tremor Patients Want That They Are Not Getting
By Elan D. Louis, Brittany Rohl, and Catherine Rice (the IETF’s former Executive Director) – A six-item patient-centeredness questionnaire was devised to assess the self-perceived needs of essential tremor (ET) patients. Patients with ET identified a broad range of issues that they felt were not addressed in their treatment; indeed, only one in 10 patients reported that they were satisfied with their care. It is hoped that patient-centered approaches will lead to improved models for the care of patients with this common chronic disease.

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Comparative effectiveness of propranolol and botulinum for the treatment of essential voice tremor – The objective of this study was to assess the comparative effectiveness of botulinum toxin and propranolol in patients with essential vocal tremor (EVT).

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The 21st Century Cures Act: Unanimously Approved
Benzinga – The 21st Century Cures provision, one of the International Essential Tremor Foundation’s top advocacy issues, will help create incentives for pharmaceutical companies to pursue medications that currently don’t exist, are difficult to develop and costly to produce, but have the potential to improve the lives of millions of Americans living with chronic diseases and disabilities, like essential tremor, a common neurological condition affecting 10 million Americans.

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International Essential Tremor Foundation Releases New iPhone/Android App
The International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF) has teamed with OrgHunter, a leading charity database resource for non-profit organizations, to release its first free iOS and Android app for essential tremor (ET) patients.

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Isolated vocal tremor as a focal phenotype of essential tremor: a retrospective case review
Journal of Clinical Movement Disorders – Essential tremor (ET) is a common condition associated with significant physical and psychosocial disability. “Classic” ET is a clinical syndrome of action tremor in the upper limbs and less commonly the head, jaw, voice, trunk, or lower limbs. Current diagnostic criteria for ET exclude isolated vocal tremor (IVT). Failure to recognize IVT as a form of ET may contribute to misdiagnosis and missed opportunities for treatment.

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Kenowa Hills sophomore hopes to find teens ‘like her’ by hosting fundraising walk
By Jeffrey Cunningham – GRAND RAPIDS –  Allison Dyke, 16, hopes that by holding a walk to raise funds for one of her favorite charities she will be able to meet teens her age who are like her. By like her she doesn’t mean a high school sophomore who is an honor roll student, swims with the high school team, does Irish step dancing, and has won beauty pageants. By like her she means has essential tremor…

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Connecticut proclaims state-wide support for National Essential Tremor Awareness Month
By Trumbull Times – As part of National Essential Tremor Awareness Month, the International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF) is delighted to announce that Dannel Malloy, governor of Connecticut, will officially proclaim the state’s support of National Essential Tremor Awareness Month; joining others nationwide in recognizing the need to learn more and seek greater understanding of a condition that affects millions of Americans. Local IETF support group leader Helen Moser from Stratford was instrumental in securing this proclamation.

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Women share their struggles of living with essential tremor disorder
Colleen Kottke, Fond du Lac Reporter – All Jean Ricigliano wants is a little respect and understanding. Diagnosed with the neurological movement disorder essential tremor (ET) in her 20s, the 37-year-old New Hampshire woman says the disorder has impacted nearly every aspect of her life.

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ET in the News Archives

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In the News Archives