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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, she went on a 2-mile hike and went out to dinner. Here she is at the beach the very next day.





Press play below to listen to Beverly McGowan’s journey to tremor relief:

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 presents her with opportunities to provide compassionate care and to educate people regarding their health, including evaluating their medications and ensuring the best quality of life for one and all.





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.





By: Guest blog by Dr. Aaron Bond, Semmes Murphey Clinic
May 26, 2020

Guest blog by Dr. Aaron Bond, Semmes Murphey Clinic

I have been involved with focused ultrasound since the early days of the first research cases. At that time, I was a resident at the University of Virginia and Dr. Jeffrey Elias was the leading investigator in an Insightec-sponsored pilot study to evaluate MR-guided focused ultrasound to treat essential tremor.





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 tone for frustration or worse, lead to a life devoid of much social or public interaction.

Fortunately, there are techniques as well as tools that can take those tasks from daunting to manageable. Occupational therapist Julia Wood, who specializes in movement disorders of all types, combines practical mental and physical approaches every day with her patients at Pennsylvania Hospital’s Penn Therapy & Fitness.





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.





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 centers near me?

While searching the internet for answers to these questions and many more, aren’t there times you wish you could pick up the phone and speak to someone directly instead of asking Alexa? INSIGHTEC, an innovative, forward-thinking company established Tremor Program Services for that precise purpose. Tremor Program Services is designed to increase awareness and provide education to patients and caregivers on essential tremor and FDA-approved treatment options, with a focus on Neuravive. Neuravive is an incisionless treatment performed using the FDA-approved Exablate Neuro focused ultrasound device.





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 and efficient service line.





“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!”





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 Essential Tremor (ET) and tremor-dominant Parkinson’s Disease (PD).





By: Neil Adler
April 21, 2019

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 objects in their path.





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. The internist told him that he may have Essential Tremor (ET). On a visit to a movement disorder specialist the potential diagnosis became a reality.





By: Neil Adler
October 9, 2018

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 percent — say that a doctor confirmed the diagnosis they made from online research.1





By: Neil Adler
August 26, 2018

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 believed to be 100 billion) that create more than 100,000 chemical reactions in the brain every second, it makes sense that our understanding of the brain continues to evolve over time.

It has been said that we only use 10% of our brain. However, with brain scanning technology, we now know we use our entire brain all the time. When you consider the brain is about 3% of our body’s weight and uses 20% of our body’s energy, you can see that our brains are really busy!





By: The INSIGHTEC Marketing Team
July 30, 2018

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 so much that he could no longer throw the darts with precision.

Knowing essential tremor can be hereditary, when Thomas began experiencing similar symptoms in his left hand, he went straight to a neurologist. Soon after he was informed he too had essential tremor.

Early on in treatment it became clear that medication was not working. His neurologist believed the problem could be solved, but he didn’t have a solid plan as to how. One day Thomas got a call from him that changed everything.





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 the communications department of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon for more than decade. In the midst of all those satisfying work years, Billy and his wife raised two children in Winchester, Vermont.

Billy’s essential tremor started about 12 years ago while he was still working at the Pentagon. The tremors affected his hands, though more in the right than the left. Since he’s right-handed, the tremors affected all of his activity, writing especially, but also eating and even teeing up a golf ball.





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 tone for frustration or worse, lead to a life devoid of much social or public interaction.

Fortunately, there are techniques as well as tools that can take those tasks from daunting to manageable. Occupational therapist Julia Wood, who specializes in movement disorders of all types, combines practical mental and physical approaches every day with her patients at Pennsylvania Hospital’s Penn Therapy & Fitness.





By: Julia Wood, Occupational Therapist
May 17, 2018

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 challenges in daily life. How do you cope with your essential tremor? A positive mental outlook can be enormously helpful.





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 I had a condition that prevented me from writing fluidly. Even though I was a good athlete as a kid, I was nicknamed “Shaker” by my teammates. I learned to live with my tremor, and never really thought too much of it until I was in my early fifties. The condition got worse as I got older, and soon impacted every facet of my daily life.





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.





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.





By: The INSIGHTEC Marketing Team
March 14, 2018

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 the #DoYouKnowET Facebook campaign.





By: The INSIGHTEC Marketing Team
February 25, 2018

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:





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 gather to show off the latest tech that is poised to completely change our lives – from self-driving cars to Artificial Intelligence (AI), smart robots to smart cities. This year, focused ultrasound took center stage. But to be honest, what was a medical technology doing at a consumer show?





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 climb two flights of stairs. But now, at 79 years old, and after earning three world records in swimming in my seventh decade, I’m appreciating all that life brings. Age, after all, is just a number.





By: Xen Mendelsohn Aderka
December 19, 2017

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. It has taught me so much about things that have nothing to do with yarn and needles – that meeting life goals is a marathon not a sprint, that small actions can have big impact and affect change, that success requires planning but also creativity. With each stitch, I devise strategies, solve problems and calm my craving for immediate results.





By: Very Wise People
November 29, 2017

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 support – letting them know that they are not alone.





By: Cathy Ley
November 14, 2017

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 in a clinical trial at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle one year ago. This trial was a treatment for his Essential Tremor using focused ultrasound and it was a complete success!





By: The INSIGHTEC Marketing Team
October 31, 2017

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, which can help with anything from keeping a record of your tremor to improving the layout of your keyboard.





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 is by asking questions. It is important to prepare a list questions before an appointment, (1) because time is usually limited during medical appointments and (2) many people may feel intimidated by questioning their doctor’s authority, so a prepared list will help build confidence. 





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 my whole life. I was painfully self-conscious of the visible shaking of my arms and hands all through school and adolescence, dating and graduating. Even when I became a successful CEO in the investment community, that shame continued during the many professional and social events I attended. It’s amazing I could keep the condition a secret for most of my life.





By: Gregg Ley
September 12, 2017

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, Zack, Cody, Kinsey and Austin. I’m 58 years old. I make my living in electronics repair, fixing TVs, radios, stereos and other home electronics. My brother, Billy, is my partner in the business. Our grandfather started the radio repair business in the 1930’s when radios first came out and it’s been our family business ever since.

Essential tremor was getting in the way of my business, my family – my whole life.





By: Debra Emanuel
August 23, 2017

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. Click below to download a compiled list of Patient Advocacy and Support Groups.  Please feel free to contact us if you know of additional support groups.





By: Debra Emanuel
July 12, 2017

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 that essential tremor can have on patients’ lives.  Recently, I had the honor to have a conversation with Diann Shaddox, founder of the Diann Shaddox Foundation for Essential Tremor.  I was incredibly moved by her story as she spoke of the frustration in coping with this disorder.





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

I would be remiss if I did not start with a disclaimer – for diagnosis, consult a neurologist specializing in movement disorders.

While most people are familiar with Parkinson’s disease (PD), essential tremor (ET) is much less known, yet actually much more common…8 times more common. Essential tremor is also referred to as benign tremor, familial tremor, or idiopathic tremor.





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