Tremor Gram – January 2019

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The IETF is now active on Instagram! If you have an Instagram
account, please connect with us.

One of the most popular social media sites, Instagram has more than one billion users worldwide. With this many users, we have the potential of reaching out to more people with essential tremor. And for those who don’t have ET, we can work to educate them about what essential tremor is.

If you aren’t an Instagram user, be sure to connect with us on one of our other social media sites. Here are the links:


ET Often Misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s Disease
The recent death of Daryl Dragon, known as “Captain” in the famous ’70s singing duo Captain and Tennille, brought to light his struggle with essential tremor. And once again, it demonstrated the confusion between ET and Parkinson’s disease (PD). Daryl was originally diagnosed with PD but later it was determined he had ET.
Feedback from numerous patients over the years has confirmed this is quite common.
So what are the primary differences between ET and Parkinson’s?
  • A PD tremor is mostly seen at rest and is referred to as a “resting tremor” while ET is known as an “active tremor” because it’s most noticeable when someone tries to use their hands.
  • There is rarely a family history associated with PD, but for ET more than 50 percent of people have someone else in their family who has been diagnosed.
  • PD generally involves slow movements, stiffness and problems with walking or balance. In ET the primary symptom is tremor.
The IETF has created a flier that compares the two conditions in more detail. It is available online through our website.


Congrats to Our Spring Scholarship Recipients!
Three students have been awarded Catherine Rice Scholarships from the IETF.
Since 2011, the IETF has been supporting students with essential tremor (ET) by awarding three or four college scholarships each semester. The current scholarship amount is $1,000. The scholarship program is named in honor of former executive director Catherine Rice and is made possible through support from the ET community. Here’s a little background on each of our winners. Click on their names to learn more.
Casey Becker is a PhD student at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. She plans to become a clinical psychologist. She was diagnosed with ET during her first year of college.
Brogan Speraw is majoring in engineering and minoring in business at Ohio University. He was diagnosed with ET as a child. He is a third time IETF scholarship recipient.
Madison Young is also a third time IETF scholarship recipient. She is a student at Arkansas Tech University. She plans to become a physical therapist and wants to work with disabled children and adults in Africa.
Applications are being taken now for our next round of scholarships for the fall of 2019. The deadline is May 1 and application information is available online.