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Where in the World is…a Medical Center Offering Focused Ultrasound

So you have talked to your physician, and determined you are interested in focused ultrasound treatment for your essential tremor (ET), but what’s next? Let’s explore some frequently asked questions connected to how to find a treatment location and what to…
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Part 2: Top 5 Things to Say to Someone Who Has a Tremor

Words have the power to tear down, but also to build up. As we explored in Part 1: Top 5 Things to Never Say to Someone Who Has a Tremor, there is a plethora of unhelpful comments and questions that can negatively impact your interaction with…
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Part 1: Top 5 Things to Never Say to Someone Who Has a Tremor

Do you remember the first time it happened? The first time someone said something about your tremor that caused your breath to catch in your chest and your eyes to widen? Was it a friend, co-worker or stranger? Was it from a place of ignorance, malice or concern? No…
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You can catch Mike on the green!

“Drive for show, putt for dough,” explained Mike enthusiastically when asked about how his life has changed since receiving MRI-guided focused ultrasound to treat his essential tremor (ET). But he shared that it took a long time from diagnosis to…
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Ed chooses R&B

The surgical team asked Ed Venters what kind of music he liked before the focused ultrasound procedure began. “Rhythm and blues,” he responded. “You got it, friend.” This exchange was the beginning of a procedure to try and end the…
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Access to Focused Ultrasound Treatment for People Living with Essential Tremor in England

The news that NHS England have made funding available for Magnetic Resonance-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) for the treatment of essential tremor starting in April 2021, comes as great news to people in England who have moderate to severe medication-refractory essential…
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Dear Adults with Essential Tremor

Dear Adults with Essential Tremor,  Let’s clear the air on a few things: Yes, this is hard. No, you are not alone. No, it’s unlikely caused by something you did. Yes, there is hope. Now with those four truths out of the way, let’s…
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Marvin is ready to rev up the engine

Marvin Cowden has been enjoying many hobbies during his retirement in the Dallas area. Whether it is modifying cars from the 1950s to driving super-fast or flying drones, he keeps himself busy with hands-on activities. Unfortunately, his ability to do…
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Bringing Focused Ultrasound to Patients in Texas. It’s all about trust…and maybe a little about desserts!

What is your favorite dessert? I am sure that you never thought your surgeon would ask you that question. Well, there is one who does - Bhavya R. Shah, M.D., Assistant Professor of Radiology and Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center.  During consultations with his…
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You Are in Good Company. Famous People With Essential Tremor

Essential Tremor (ET) is a condition affecting an estimated 10 million people in the US, and 41 million people worldwide. It can affect people of any age, gender and race. It is so common, that it may not come as…
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Catching up with Alex

On the morning we sat down to catch up with Alexandra Lebenthal, she had just finished scrolling through her Facebook “Memories” and came across the video she saw four years ago about a new, groundbreaking treatment for essential tremor. “I…
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Seniors can use healthcare technology to improve their lives

The pandemic has been difficult for everyone, but especially for our beloved seniors who are particularly vulnerable to the virus. While public health experts placed seniors at the front of the vaccination line, it also has meant that seniors have…
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The Story of Esther

After 12 years living with essential tremor, Esther Doyle’s condition worsened. The active 73-year-old was no longer able to do many things by herself. She had moved back to the US from Israel to help her family but had to…
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