Essential Tremor in the News Archive

A Spoon that Shakes to Counteract Hand Tremor
NPR,  All Things Considered – Eating a bowl of cereal in the morning seems like a simple activity, but it’s close to impossible for some of the one million Americans who struggle with the tremors of Parkinson’s disease. There are also as many as 10 million Americans who suffer from a disorder called essential tremor, which is sometimes mistaken for Parkinson’s. Well, now a California engineer has invented an eating utensil that cancels out the uncontrollable shaking.

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Involuntary Shaking Can Be Caused By Essential Tremor
by Michelle Trudeau, National Public Radio (NPR) – Katharine Hepburn had it. So did playwright Eugene O’Neill and Sen. Robert Byrd. is a condition that causes involuntary shaking.

While it usually develops in middle age, it can start much earlier. Shari Finsilver was aware of her hands shaking as a child.

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Researchers identify high levels of certain protein in brains of people suffering from essential tremor
News Medical – A team of researchers from Universit- Laval and CHU de Qu-bec identified unusually high levels of a certain protein in the brains of people suffering from essential tremor (ET), a movement disorder that affects 4% of the adult population. The discovery, the details of which were published in the most recent edition of the journal Movement Disorders, could lead to an effective treatment for this neurological condition, which is 10 times more prevalent than Parkinson’s disease.

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March is National Essential Tremor Awareness Month
The International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF) proudly recognizes the fourth anniversary of House Resolution (H.RES.) 1264, officially designating the month of March as “National Essential Tremor Awareness Month.” Essential tremor, a neurological movement disorder commonly referred to as “ET”, affects nearly 10 million people in the United States and millions more worldwide.

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Breaking Dishes: A Lifetime With a Lesser-known Disability
By Julia Musto, Huffington Post College – When we inevitably meet at some point, you will say, “Julia, are you okay? You’re shaking.” I’ll reply with something like that’s just what I do, but eventually I get around to telling you the whole story. I was born with Essential Tremor…

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Actor has brain surgery while awake and strumming a guitar
Linda Carroll, TODAY contributor – Surgeons often listen to music while they’re operating, but in Brad Carter’s brain surgery it was the patient who supplied the tunes. Carter, an actor who has landed guest starring roles in popular television shows like “Bones” and “The Mentalist,” says his real passion has always been singing and playing the guitar. But seven years ago, his hands started shaking, making it hard to play some of his favorite songs.

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The NIH BRAIN Initiative
Despite advances in science and technology, the cause of many neurological conditions, including essential tremor, remains unknown. In order to unlock the mysteries of the brain, we need to understand how and why it works the way it does. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative has been tasked with figuring that out.

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Condition a life changer
By: Maryke Penman – Alan Irvine, 89, knocks back a stiff gin before going out to dinner. It’s the only thing that stops his shakes. The Belmont man is among just 2 per cent of the New Zealand population living with Essential Tremor, a neurological disorder that causes shaking in the hands, head and other body parts. Essential Tremor is caused by a miscommunication in the brain. It can affect people of any age and is often hereditary.

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Researchers find genetic cause for body tremors
People suffering from the ‘essential tremor’ disorder can now be more easily diagnosed
Researchers at the University of Montreal and its affiliated CHU Sainte-Justine and CHUM hospitals have linked some cases of Essential Tremor (ET) to a specific genetic problem. The researchers will be publishing their findings in The American Journal of Human Genetics.

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National Press Release
Congressman Dennis Moore Led Bi-Partisan Sponsorship to Officially Designate March as National Essential Tremor Awareness Month.

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It is time to remove the ‘benign’ from the essential tremor label
By Elan D. Louis and Michael S. Okune.
Use of the word “benign” is a mischaracterization of essential tremor and could be prove misleading especially in the evolving doctor–patient relationship. In those cases with currently-mild tremor, the nosology “mild essential tremor” would be a more accurate reflection of disease.

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