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Essential Tremor Facebook Groups: Building Communities

As of 2020, there were 2.7 billion active users on Facebook - that is about 1/3 of the total world population! Naturally there are many types of people on Facebook with a myriad of passions and interests. A Facebook Group…
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An aging world fighting ageism.

Uh-oh! A river! A deep cold river. We can't go over it. We can't go under it. Oh no! We've got to go through it! Splash splosh! Splash splosh! Splash splosh! From the children’s book by M. Rosen, “We're Going…
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Recomeço da cirurgia não-invasiva na América Latina

No início de 2020, a Insightec anunciou o primeiro Centro de Tratamento na América Latina, quando a Red de Salud UC CHRISTUS, no Chile, começou a tratar pacientes com Tremor Essencial e doença de Parkinson com tremor dominante. Depois, a…
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Reinicio de la cirugía sin incisión en Latinoamérica

A comienzos del 2020, Insightec anunció el primer centro de tratamiento en Latinoamérica, cuando Red de Salud UC CHRISTUS de Chile comenzó a tratar pacientes con temblor esencial y enfermedad de Parkinson con rasgo dominante de temblor. Luego COVID-19 cambió…
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Engaging with Patients on Social Media

​​While social media feels commonplace in our lives, it’s easy to forget that it has only been around for a relatively short period of time (Facebook launched in 2004). You may think of social media as a great way to…
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Restarting Incisionless Surgery in Latin America

In the beginning of 2020, Insightec announced the first Treatment Center in Latin America when Red de Salud UC CHRISTUS in Chile started treating patients with Essential Tremor and Tremor-dominant Parkinson’s Disease. Then COVID-19 changed the world and Chile has…
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For John, this portrait he painted is so much more than paint on canvas

John is an artist. He has been for his entire life. It’s part of his identity. What would you do if what makes you uniquely you was being taken away from you? (more…)
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Cultural Perspectives on Aging

Living better, living longer Across the globe there are many cultural perspectives on how to, as Spock might say, live long and prosper. Two cultures that have been able to show longevity are the people of Okinawa, Japan and Sardinia,…
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Building a “Webside” Manner: How to Provide Quality Patient Care Virtually

Guest blog by Pravin Khemani, MD, Swedish Neuroscience Specialists - Movement Disorders I recently conducted a telemedicine appointment for a patient living with a movement disorder. I’ve been doing more of these lately. As the video feed began, the camera…
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Keep Calm and Let the Sound Waves Do Their Job

Beverly McGowan’s story is one of perseverance through relaxation. (more…)
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Medicare coverage continues to expand across the U.S.

Effective July 12 2020 Neuravive, the MR-guided focused ultrasound treatment for medication-refractory essential tremor, is a Medicare covered benefit in all 50 states. (more…)
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Medicare Coverage: Unlocking Patient Access to Treatment

It is exciting to work at a company that has developed truly ground-breaking technology. What makes every day inspiring is the realization that our technology can help people live active and productive lives. (more…)
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Writing on essential tremor with a bit of humor

When I am nervous, my hands shake and my palms get sweaty. My heart beats faster and my stomach acid churns like it’s trying to make butter. Sometimes, my head wobbles like I’m a bobblehead doll. Of those symptoms, the…
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Top 5 Websites to Find Info on Essential Tremor (ET)

There could be many reasons why you are seeking out medical information on essential tremor. You may want to see if you have related symptoms, you may have been diagnosed with ET and want to learn more, or perhaps a…
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More Blue Cross Blue Shield Coverage

INSIGHTEC is pleased to announce that The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association has made another POSITIVE coverage decision for MR-guided focused ultrasound treatment for medication-refractory Essential Tremor. (more…)
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A (Treatment) Day in the Life of an INSIGHTEC Clinical Account Manager

I recently spoke with Andrew - an INSIGHTEC Clinical Account Manager (CAM) - about the flow of an essential tremor treatment day through his eyes. An INSIGHTEC Clinical Account Manager (CAM) helps Treatment Centers offering focused ultrasound run an effective…
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Knowledge is power. Community brings wisdom.

People living with tremor from Essential Tremor (ET) and tremor-dominant Parkinson’s Disease (PD) can feel overwhelmed by the challenges they face on a daily basis. Fortunately, there are organizations working tirelessly to support these patient communities. (more…)
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Gary’s Story: A signature, a spiral, a life changed

When I reached out to Gary, he was recoating the deck at his home in Oregon. This is just one of the projects he would have struggled to do until his recent focused ultrasound treatment for essential tremor. (more…)
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Three Brothers with the Same Passion for Music and the Same Familial Disease: Essential Tremor

Marcello, Franco and Antonello, three brothers aged 54, 57 and 60, had been suffering from the same familial disease for more than thirty years - Essential tremor. All three decided to have Magnetic Resonance-guided Focused Ultrasound treatment to try and…
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Fighting Back Against Parkinson’s Disease

“Jab! switch to a cross, follow up with a hook, end with an upper cut. I want to hear you breathing after each punch! Do it again!” (more…)
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Healthy Aging: Part 2 Relax and Keep an Open Mind

A university professor visited Nanin to inquire about Zen. Nanin served tea. He poured his visitor's cup full, and then kept on pouring. The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. "It is overfull. No more…
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Healthy Aging: Part 1 Get Moving

"On the golf course, everything is starting to click for me!" said my father at dinner. "My knees, my elbows, my neck…" Getting old can be rough, and humor is one way to help get through life's day-to-day challenges. There…
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Beverly is back – engaged with her career, her photography and her life

Press play below to listen to Beverly McGowan's journey to tremor relief: [audio mp3="https://usa.essential-tremor.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Beverly_McGowan.mp3"][/audio] Beverly McGowan is a nurse practitioner who has worked with patients both at the V.A. and with Medicare for more than fifteen years. This work continually…
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Just Reach Out and ask an Educator

Last month, we connected with Health Educator Lisett to learn about  INSIGHTEC’s Tremor Program Services, which provides education to patients and caregivers on essential tremor as well as FDA-approved treatment options, with an emphasis on INSIGHTEC’s Neuravive treatment. This month,…
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10 Reasons Why People Decide to Get Treated for Essential Tremor

Fixing things around the house, playing golf, painting or dinner with friends may allow us to balance stress in our lives. However, these activities may add anxiety and frustration to the daily challenges of people living with essential tremor. (more…)
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Every person should make their own decision about which treatment is right for them

Press play below to listen to Bob's journey to tremor relief. [audio mp3="https://usa.essential-tremor.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/neuravive-blog-bob-walker-story.mp3"][/audio]   Bob Walker hails from Alabama. About 15 years ago, he noticed the shaking when he tried to do daily activities like drinking and writing. After visiting…
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Shaking Hands When Shaking Hands

Let’s face it—tremors can be really embarrassing when they happen in public. In a world that craves normalcy, tremors may be perceived as abnormal behavior. No one knows this better than people who suffer from tremor-related movement disorders, such as…
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Celebrating 100 patients who have had incisionless brain surgery for essential tremor

Today I attended a celebration to mark the 100th patient to be treated at Rambam Hospital in Haifa, Israel using Focused Ultrasound surgery for essential tremor or tremor from tremor-dominant Parkinson‘s disease. The event was hosted by the Israeli company…
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A Beautiful Moment in Time

An interview with Hanane Chabainou, CRNP When patients go to a neurosurgeon, they are often very anxious about what to expect from surgery. Will it be painful? What are the potential side effects? What tests are required? What is the…
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Now, I can do anything I want!

Who has a brain procedure and then asks her girlfriend who accompanied her, "What do you want to do now?" Karen Dopher. Just two months ago, she underwent Neuravive focused ultrasound to treat her essential tremor. That very same day,…
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Alexa, why does my hand shake when I drink a glass of water?

When you or your loved one has been diagnosed with an illness, multiple questions begin to run through your mind. What exactly does my diagnosis mean? What treatments are available? What should I expect during the treatment? Are there treatment…
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The Doctors Meets Jodi Meyer

The Doctors on CBS recently aired a segment focused on Jodi and her story living with essential tremor for more than a decade. (more…)
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Bat to the Future of Ultrasound

Bats! That’s right. We owe a debt a gratitude to bats because without them, we may not have ultrasound technology. In 1794, it was first discovered that bats send calls (i.e., sounds) out to the environment to locate and identify…
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The Opportunity to Live Life with Confidence, Interview with Paul Flick

Meet Paul Flick. He is 58 years old. Originally from New Jersey, he now resides in Florida with his wife after moving a mere 23 times. He received his BS in Information Systems from Drexel and is employed as a…
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Focus on ET Patient Advocacy Groups – HopeNET, A Guiding Light

One day at lunch with an internist, Peter Muller had a Eureka moment. He had lived the last 33 years frustrated by not knowing why he could not control shaking in his arm, and suddenly he was given a clue.…
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Interview with Patient: Donna P.

This month I was fortunate to interview Donna P. to learn about her experience as a research subject in the Neuravive focused ultrasound clinical trial for ET. Donna brings an enthusiasm for life in everything she does, whether that is…
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Raising Awareness for Essential Tremor Through Theater

Early in December of 2018, I had the pleasure to attend the play Swimming with Kate–one woman’s deep dive with essential tremor (ET). MaryCae Asay wrote and performed the play about her life with ET. (more…)
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Breaking Down an Essential Tremor Diagnosis with Neurologist, Paul Fishman, MD

While essential tremor (ET) is the most common form of tremor in adults, each case can be very different. Yet even with this variability, a physician diagnosing ET focuses on identifying symptoms that are consistently seen across people who suffer…
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Self-diagnosis: A headache or brain cancer?

We are all doing it – going straight to WebMD instead of the real MD. According to a recent study, more than one-third of U.S. adults use the Internet to self-diagnose their medical condition. However, less than half -- 41…
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My Holiday Spirit is a Bit Shaky Right Now, By Guest Blogger Nina Millikan

Thanksgiving and Christmas Day are two of those many food-focused holidays I would rather avoid. And like many suffering from ET, I would give anything to get through one family gathering without worrying over how I will get my food…
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Brain Facts: From Myths to Medical Treatments

According to scientists, we have more knowledge about stars than we have about the human brain. Our brain may only weigh 3 pounds, but it is complex and mysterious. When you consider that we have around 86 billion neurons1 (formerly…
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Focused Ultrasound Clinical Trial Results

Thomas took great pride in playing darts. His father had schooled him well in this family tradition that went back decades. However, when his father reached his 60's, he was diagnosed with essential tremor. At that point, his hand shook…
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Essential Tremor Treatment Helps FIRST-EVER Neuravive Patient Tee Up a New Life!

Billy Williams always led an active, happy life defined by work, hobbies and family. After four years in the Air Force, Billy went to work at Western Union. After 28 years, he returned to his military roots and worked in…
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Tips, Tricks and Gadgets: Practical Approaches to Life with Essential Tremor by Occupational Therapist, Julia Wood

Essential Tremor (ET) affects everyone differently. But for nearly everyone with ET, common everyday tasks can be challenging. Writing, eating, drinking and dressing are functions most people take for granted. And when these activities are difficult, it can set the…
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Coping with ET: The Mind-Body Connection

Western medicine is increasingly recognizing the importance of a positive mental attitude on overall health. This is especially true in the essential tremor community. Symptoms that can range from embarrassing to annoying to debilitating can pose both physical and emotional…
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For Essential Tremor Patients, Good News on Medicare Coverage

At INSIGHTEC, we make every effort to listen to patients, whether that is reading and responding to daily comments on Facebook or talking face-to-face at patient forums. Whether Medicare covers the Neuravive treatment is one of the questions that we…
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My Journey with Essential Tremor: From Coping to Living

For my entire life, I’ve lived with a condition called Essential Tremor, a movement disorder that caused my hands to shake. As a child, I had terrible penmanship that never improved. My teachers all thought that I just couldn’t write well. Little did they know that…
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Treating Essential Tremor Without a Blade? It’s a Reality!

While MR-guided focused ultrasound ablation was dramatized on Grey's Anatomy, the technology is real and being used to treat patients with essential tremor that has not responded to medication. (more…)
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Over 200 People Attended the IETF Education Forum in Philadelphia

INSIGHTEC had the opportunity and honor to take part in a very successful Essential Tremor Education Forum organized by the International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 10, 2018. (more…)
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March is Essential Tremor Awareness Month!

Even though ET is 8 times more common than Parkinson’s disease, many people have never heard of essential tremor and don't know what it is.  INSIGHTEC joins the network of organizations that focus on educating the public about ET with…
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5 Steps to the Neuravive Treatment

Neuravive is an incisionless treatment that uses ultrasound beams to treat medication refractory hand tremor. The treatment is performed in an MRI scanner. Here is a list of steps that will help you navigate your way to the Neuravive Treatment:…
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Neal Kassell, John Grisham and focused ultrasound make a splash at CES – The Global Stage for Innovation

Lights. Camera. Action. Every year, Las Vegas turns into a mecca for innovation.  The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the world's gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Tech companies from around the world…
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Back on the blocks – “Focused ultrasound gave me back my life.”

Focused ultrasound gave me back my life – it can for you, too. It is said that our bodies are the temples of the mind, but if not, they’re certainly our vessels. When I retired in 1994, I could hardly…
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On Tipping Points & Quality of Life

In my day job, I’m VP of Marketing at INSIGHTEC. What many people at work don't know about me is that I'm a Knitter. I spell that with a capital K because knitting for me is a way of life.…
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9 Inspirational Quotes Dedicated to Caregivers

National Family Caregivers Month is celebrated every November.  It is a month dedicated to recognizing and honoring family caregivers. Taking a month to celebrate their labors of love helps to raise awareness about their issues and struggles, while offering some…
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Meet Caregiver, Cathy Ley

In light of National Caregivers Month, this month's blog features caregiver, Cathy Ley.   Cathy Ley's Story: My husband and I have been married for 33 years. The past year has been one of the best. That’s because he was…
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7 Apps that Help People Live with Essential Tremor

Approximately 41 million patients worldwide1 are living with essential tremor and the debilitating symptoms that can make everyday tasks feel almost impossible. With more and more apps available, we have listed some of the best out there on iOS and Android,…
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“My Visible Shaking Always Embarrassed Me” – Alexandra Lebenthal’s Story

The positive impact of Focused Ultrasound technology in treating essential tremor. Living with uncontrollable shaking since I was 3 – I’m now 53 -- I struggled to pour drinks, eat food, shake hands, write notes and swipe my subway MetroCard…
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11 Questions to Ask your General Practitioner About Your Tremor

Talking with your doctor builds trust and leads to better results, quality, safety, and satisfaction.  Your health is a team effort and you play an important role in this dynamic. One of the best ways to communicate with your doctor…
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Getting My Life Back: Gregg’s Story

How Neuravive’s incisionless treatment for essential-tremor improved my quality of life   I have lived my whole life in a small town of Quitman, Georgia. My wife, Cathy, and I have two grown children, Rachel and Thomas, and four grandchildren,…
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Essential Tremor Patient Advocacy & Support Groups

Many people find peer support a helpful tool that can aid in managing their condition. There are a variety of patient advocacy groups and patient support groups that offer support for patients and their family members. (more…)
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Essential Tremor – Diann Shaddox’s Story

Working at INSIGHTEC, I became aware of how daily tasks, such as holding a glass or writing with a pen, can be nearly impossible for essential tremor patients.  What I didn’t really internalize was the extent of the emotional impact…
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Do your hands shake? Or do you know someone whose hands shake?

Dr. William Ondo shares 10 symptoms that distinguish between tremors from essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease. (more…)
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