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For Uncontrolled Tremor, Ultrasound Instead of Brain Surgery?

Posted 25 Aug 2016 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2016 – Patients with uncontrolled shaking caused by a condition called essential tremor may get relief with a new noninvasive ultrasound procedure, a study finds. The movement disorder involves involuntary tremors in the hands or feet, and sometimes the voice is shaky, said Dr. Max Wintermark, a professor of neuroradiology at the Stanford Neuroscience Health Center in Palo Alto, Calif. "It's called 'essential' because we don't know what is causing it." In some cases, essential tremor keeps people from feeding themselves, writing or carrying out other everyday activities. It's estimated that more than 7 million people have the condition in the United States. The standard medications, drugs called propranolol and primidone, only help as many as 60 percent of patients, and they lose effectiveness over time. Until now, when drugs failed, doctors could only offer brain ... Read more

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Ultrasound Device Approved to Treat Essential Tremor

Posted 12 Jul 2016 by

MONDAY, July 11, 2016 – The ExAblate Neuro device has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to deliver focused ultrasound to destroy small bits of brain tissue that are thought to be involved in a neurological condition known as essential tremor. The device, approved for people who haven't responded to medication or surgery, uses MRI scans to help doctors focus ultrasound on specific areas of the brain, the FDA explained Monday in a news release. Patients are awake and responsive during the entire procedure, the agency added. Essential tremor is the most common form of tremor, the medical term for involuntary shaking or trembling. The condition affects several million Americans, most often aged 40 or older, the FDA said. The device was evaluated in a clinical study involving 76 people. Those who used the ExAblate device showed nearly a 50 percent improvement in ... Read more

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New Guidelines Issued for Common Tremor Disorder

Posted 19 Oct 2011 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19 – An antiseizure drug called primidone (Mysoline) and a high blood pressure drug called propranolol (Inderal) are the most effective medicines to treat shaking in people with essential tremor, according to an updated treatment guideline from the American Academy of Neurology. Essential tremor, which affects about 10 million people in the United States, is the most common type of tremor disorder and is often mistaken with other movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease. The condition usually starts after age 40 and affects the hands, head and voice. It can cause difficulties with daily activities such as eating, writing, shaving and sewing. Along with primidone and propranolol, other helpful medicines include the antiseizure drugs gabapentin (Fanatrex, Neurontin) and topiramate (Topamax), the high blood pressure drugs atenolol (Tenormin) and sotalol (Betapace, ... Read more

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