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National Essential Tremor Awareness Month 2014

March is National Essential Tremor Awareness Month

March is National Essential Tremor Awareness Month. Essential tremor is also referred to as familial tremor, benign essential tremor, or hereditary tremor. If you are unaware of this disorder, here is a description from a recent press release from the International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF).

Essential tremor is a neurological condition that causes shaking of the head, hands and voice. An estimated 10 million people in the United States have essential tremor (ET). While not life threatening, ET is a serious and progressive condition that can significantly affect a person's quality of life - socially, professionally and emotionally. People with ET often have difficulty with everyday activities such as getting dressed, eating, drinking, speaking or writing. And despite the large number of people directly affected by ET there is still very little awareness of the disorder.

While ET is most prevalent in people in their 60s and older, it can occur at any age, even in newborns. And despite being the most common movement disorder, existing medications are only effective in about 60% of people who suffer from the disorder.

If you would like to help or learn more about essential tremor, below are several links to more information on the IETF website.


While doing a research on Benign Essential Tremor we came across this aeticle on NINDS web portal. The title ‘What Research is Being Done?’ Caught our attention. Here we are pasting the same aticle or let’s say the para that was of interest to us.

A pilot clinical trial at the University of Virginia has investigated the use of MR-guided focused ultrasound as a Treatment for Benign Essential Tremor. The good news for these ET patients is that a new procedure, MR-guided focused ultrasound, could provide a noninvasive means of relieving their Benign Essential Tremor Symptoms.

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