By: Neil Adler, freelancer writer for Insightec
January 14, 2022
Dr. Phil Stoll’s career in medicine was a creative evolution.  In the beginning, he practiced dentistry as an officer in the Army. Unfortunately, in his mid-30s he developed essential tremor (ET). While initially he was able to adapt his skills to manage the tremor, as it grew worse, he could no longer practice at the highest level, and he moved on. While it was the end of one chapter, it was also the beginning of…
By: Kaavya Sundar, G&S Communications, Insightec PR Agency Partner
December 21, 2021
When Carol Klein arrived at the Miami Neuroscience Institute of Baptist Health, she was ready for a change. “The essential tremor had put a damper on my life because I couldn’t do many things,” Carol explained. A moving new documentary portrays Carol’s life with essential tremor and how focused ultrasound treatment got her back to living…and baking with her husband, Richard. Simple tasks can be taken for granted by all of us who are healthy and…
In 2006, Dr. Neal Kassell, Professor of Neurosurgery and Co-chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Virginia, founded the Focused Ultrasound Foundation in hopes of improving the lives of millions of people worldwide by accelerating the development and adoption of focused ultrasound as a treatment option for debilitating medical conditions. In just 15 years, Dr. Kassell and the Foundation team have worked to support research; share information and broaden awareness among patients…
By: Neil Adler, Freelance Writer for Insightec
November 9, 2021
When Terri was a young girl, she remembers often going to the make-up counter at department stores with her mom. She loved make-up but she was especially fascinated by watching make-up artists transform their customer’s look. How did they do that? She wanted to learn. From an early age, she practiced developing make-up artist skills. Terri explains that what she saw in her mind’s eye, she could create with her hands with the help of…
By: Alyssa O’Brien from Insightec PR Agency, G&S Communications
October 13, 2021
So you have taken the Essential Tremor candidacy quiz, 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 do if there isn’t one near you…yet. Where are treatment centers located? In the United States, there are currently 34 treatment locations across 22 states, with new medical…
By: Alyssa O’Brien from Insightec PR Agency, G&S Communications
October 12, 2021
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 people living with essential tremor (ET); but there are also things you can say that can help.  Just like part 1, the following is not a “one-size-fits-all” list. We encourage people living with ET to add to this list and…
By: Alyssa O’Brien from Insightec PR Agency, G&S Communications
October 12, 2021
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 matter the circumstance, most (if not all) people living with essential tremor (ET) can identify with being hurt by something someone has said. Many patients have stories that can attest to some of these unhelpful comments and experiences.  That is why we drafted this list of the…
By: Neil Adler, Freelance writer for Insightec
September 30, 2021
“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 dropping putts with ease. There were many challenging days living with ET. One of the challenges Mike faced was managing his job as a regional sales manager for a company that raised and processed ducks…
By: Neil Adler, Freelance writer for Insightec
September 30, 2021
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 uncontrollable and debilitating tremor Ed experienced because of essential tremor (ET). Ed owned a cabinetry and mill business up until he retired about 2 years prior to having the focused ultrasound surgery. While his tremor…
By: Kevin Harfoot, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, National Tremor Foundation (NTF)
September 29, 2021
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 tremor. Whilst prescription drugs and other surgical treatment such as DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation) have been available for some time, their attributes and effectiveness do not suit everyone.  The availability of this new focused ultrasound…
By: Alyssa O’Brien from Insightec PR Agency, G&S Communications
September 21, 2021
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 dive into them a bit more:  This Is Hard  Living with essential tremor (ET) is hard. Work, chores, and hobbies have taken on new challenges and frustrations. Things that you used to find enjoyable or do mindlessly take more time,…
By: Neil Adler, Freelance writer for Insightec
September 21, 2021
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 the things he loves has been limited by a hand tremor. He first became aware of his condition while in his 40’s. An especially memorable story related to the obstacles he has faced occurred while…
By: Pamela Schwartz, Senior Marketing Manager at Insightec
August 23, 2021
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 Essential Tremor patients who were scheduled for Focused Ultrasound, Dr. Shah noticed that they were anxious prior to treatment day. Focused Ultrasound uses ultrasound energy to ablate a small target in the brain considered to be responsible for tremor. Since FDA approval in 2016, adoption of…
By: Neil Adler, Freelance writer for Insightec
July 22, 2021
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 a surprise that some household names also live with ET.1 Probably the most widely known person with ET is former President Bill Clinton. Although for years people hypothesized that the former President had Parkinson’s disease,…
By: By Pamela Schwartz, Senior Marketing Manager at Insightec
May 24, 2021
Years of clinical research led to Insightec receiving FDA approval for Exablate Neuro to treat medication-refractory Essential Tremor in 2016. This was the first step, and patients received treatment at the few centers offering it; however, only those with the ability to pay out-of-pocket could afford the procedure. The next important step for expanding patient access is getting insurers to include this new treatment in their medical coverage policies. Insightec pursued multiple paths for expanding…
By: Elizabeth Mannheimer from Insightec PR Agency, G&S Communications
May 11, 2021
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 was absolutely mesmerized by the video and my initial feeling was that I had to have it,” Alex shared. After doing her research and talking with her doctor, Alex was one of the first patients…
By: Neil Adler, Freelance writer for Insightec
May 10, 2021
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 been the guinea pigs for appointment sign up technologies. The stress has been immense on them, as I can attest with parents in this age group. What are we learning from this experience? With 69%…
By: Pamela Schwartz, Insightec Marketing Manager
April 12, 2021
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 give up helping to care for her two grandchildren. (more…)
By: Neil Adler, Freelance Writer for InSightec
February 4, 2021
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 helps facilitate people with similar shared interests to learn and grow together as members. (more…)
By: Neil Adler, Freelance writer for InSightec
January 26, 2021
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 on a Bear Hunt!” (more…)
By: Neil Adler, Insightec Freelancer
December 2, 2020
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 connect, a waste of time, or just downright confusing. People engage with social media for so many different reasons. For patients, social media channels provide access to lots of information about health and medical care.…
By: Pamela Schwartz, Senior Marketing Manager Insightec
February 10, 2021
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 el mundo, y Chile ha estado enfocado en manejar una crisis sanitaria importante. Tan pronto como se levantaron las restricciones a los procedimientos electivos a principios de septiembre, el equipo de ultrasonido focalizado de UC…
By: Pamela Schwartz, Senior Marketing Manager Insightec
February 10, 2021
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 COVID-19 mudou o mundo e o Chile tem se focado na gestão da grave crise sanitária. Assim que as restrições para procedimentos eletivos foram levantadas, no início de Setembro, a equipe de Ultrassom Focalizado da…
By: Pamela Schwartz, Senior Marketing Manager Insightec
October 27, 2020
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 been focused on managing a major health crisis. As soon as the restriction on elective procedures was lifted in early September, the Focused Ultrasound team at UC CHRISTUS restarted their Incisionless Neurosurgery program, with a…
By: Equipo de Marketing de Insightec
January 27, 2021
Durante el tratamiento de Ultrasonido Focalizado, ondas de ultrasonido pasan sin peligro a través del cráneo sin incisiones. Estas ondas de ultrasonido son enfocadas en una pequeña área del cerebro (núcleo Vim del tálamo), considerada el área responsable de causar temblores, creando una pequeña lesión. Para muchos pacientes, el resultado es la mejoría inmediata del temblor en la mano tratada con complicaciones mínimas. (more…)
By: Pamela Schwartz, Senior Marketing Manager Insightec
September 8, 2020
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? John’s story follows him from his art school years in Massachusetts to his work as a designer in Rhode Island, illustrating for large advertising agencies and then his own studio in in Boston, MA, and Providence R.I., a couple of stints in California,…
By: Neil Adler, Freelance writer for INSIGHTEC
September 4, 2020
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, Italy. The inhabitants of these two areas have the highest rate of centenarians in the world (22 centenarians/100,000 inhabitants). These are locations referred to as Blue Zones­–a demographic and/or geographic area in the world with…
By: Guest blog - Pravin Khemani, MD, Swedish Neuroscience Specialists - Movement Disorders
August 11, 2020
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 appeared shaky, and I had trouble understanding the patient’s garbled voice. I saw trees in the background, children playing ball and it seemed that the patient was taking a walk in the park while conducting…
By: Neil Adler, Freelance writer for INSIGHTEC
August 3, 2020
Beverly McGowan’s story is one of perseverance through relaxation. Beverly first realized an issue when her hand began to tremble as she tried to use the mouse on her computer. She recognized it as an essential tremor as she had seen it as an issue with her father later in life. As her essential tremor progressed, Beverly was forced to retire from her nursing career. However, if you speak with Beverly you quickly learn she…
By: The INSIGHTEC Marketing Team
July 15, 2020
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. The news that focused ultrasound treatment for essential tremor is now covered by Medicare in all 50 states is a milestone for the company and important for people living with essential tremor. In the world of medical devices, it can take years…
By: The INSIGHTEC Marketing Team
July 14, 2019
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. The current CPT code for MRgFUS is 0398T; Magnetic resonance image guided high intensity focused ultrasound (MRgFUS), stereotactic ablation lesion, intracranial for movement disorder including stereotactic navigation and frame placement when performed. We are providing this code for general information purposes only; each provider is responsible for its own coding and billing…
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. (more…)
By: Lori B. Duff, freelance writer for Insightec
March 9, 2020
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 only one other people can see is the shaking. When I am not nervous, my palms are dry, and my heart thumps along like normal. My stomach does its normal thing, which is craving things…
By: Neil Adler, Freelance Writer for Insightec
March 2, 2020
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 friend or a loved one is experiencing either of these scenarios and you want to help. (more…)
By: The INSIGHTEC Marketing Team
March 1, 2020
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. As of April 2020, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association plan - BCBS of Nebraska have updated their coverage policy to include the Neuravive Focused Ultrasound Treatment as a covered benefit! Coverage is effective for: Arkansas BCBS Amerihealth BCBS Alabama BCBS Arkansas Walmart Employee Health Plan BCBS Federal…
By: Will Campo, Freelance Writer
February 10, 2020
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. His responses will give you an on-the-ground look at MRgFUS treatment of a patient with medication-refractory essential tremor from someone present throughout the day. Please note that each treatment center has…
By: Neil Adler, Freelance Writer
February 10, 2020
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. I recently spoke with leaders of two prominent patient advocacy organizations to discuss the unmet needs in ET and PD based on their conversations with patients and caregivers. I spoke with Patrick McCarthy, Executive Director of the International Essential…
By: Neil Adler, Freelance Writer
January 8, 2020
“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!” As upbeat music plays in the background, boxers are sweating through their combinations to improve their balance, coordination and focus. Yet these boxers aren’t your everyday athletes; they are people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Over the last 10 years there have been quite a few headlines suggesting that…
By: Roberta Mazzeo, journalist from Promedica Bioelectronics, Insightec Italian Distributor
January 8, 2020
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 relieve the tremor that had been disrupting their normal life. (more…)
By: Pamela Schwartz, INSIGHTEC Product Marketing Manager
January 8, 2020
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. "I refer to it as life changing. I can sign my name. I can write. Hold a stemmed wine glass. Eat soup with a spoon. I look forward to getting back to my acrylic and oil painting…
By: Neil Adler, Freelance Writer
December 9, 2019
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 will go in!" "Like this cup," Nanin said, "you are full of your own opinions and speculations.  How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?" (more…)
By: Neil Adler, Freelance Writer
November 4, 2019
"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 is also scientific support for the fact that socializing with others [1] is a part of a trifecta of strategies to help maintain quality of life and which includes: 1. Exercising your body, 2. Exercising…
By: Pamela Schwartz, INSIGHTEC Product Marketing Manager
October 11, 2019
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. (more…)
By: Pamela Schwartz, INSIGHTEC Product Marketing Manager
October 4, 2019
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. A Frost & Sullivan survey of patients with ET, commissioned by INSIGHTEC, found that patients surveyed reported decline in self-esteem and quality of life and loss of independence and ability to pursue hobbies. Here we present…
By: Daniela Calderon, INSIGHTEC Patient Marketing Manager
October 4, 2019
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, I would like to introduce you to Yasmina, another Educator at INSIGHTEC. (more…)
By: Pamela Schwartz, INSIGHTEC Product Marketing Manager
September 5, 2019
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 a neurologist, he was diagnosed with essential tremor and started taking medications. Unfortunately, they did not work for him, and his hand tremor got progressively worse. (more…)
By: Neil Adler, Freelance Writer
July 10, 2019
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). To understand how their tremors may affect the mental health of people with tremor-related movement disorders, I spoke with Dr. Idan Aderka. Idan is a Clinical Psychologist…
By: Dr. Laurence Jacobs BDS, LDS, RCS (England)
July 3, 2019
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 INSIGHTEC, which developed and manufactures the medical device used to perform the incisionless surgery, and which is in use in over 60 centres worldwide. (more…)
By: Neil Adler, Freelance Writer
June 17, 2019
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 recovery period? As a Nurse Practitioner at a Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center, Hanane Chaibainou, CRNP describes the beautiful moments she experiences in her role providing answers to ease patient and caregiver anxiety about…
By: Pamela Schwartz, INSIGHTEC Product Marketing Manager
June 17, 2019
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. (more…)
By: Daniela Calderon, INSIGHTEC Patient Marketing Manager
June 13, 2019
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?…
By: Daniela Calderon, INSIGHTEC Patient Marketing Manager
May 16, 2019
The Doctors on CBS recently aired a segment focused on Jodi and her story living with essential tremor for more than a decade. Meet Jodi Meyer, a young mother living with essential tremor. She struggled with every day activities that we all take for granted – pouring a glass of milk for her kids and tying their shoes. [embed][/embed] During the panel discussion, Jodi shared how she learned that incisionless focused ultrasound received FDA-approval for…
By: Neil Adler, Freelance writer for INSIGHTEC
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. Over 100 years later, this concept, called echolocation, was leveraged to develop technology that helped scientists change electrical energy into sound and then change it back again. This discovery led to…
By: Pamela Schwartz, INSIGHTEC Product Marketing Manager
March 26, 2019
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 Systems Analyst. His travels and interactions with people from many cultures have made him understand that  what he does every day is "resolve problems for people." When Paul was younger, he used to visit his…
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. (more…)
By: Neil Adler, Freelance writer for INSIGHTEC
February 18, 2019
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 cooking her favorite delicacies or playing games with her grandchildren. This is why when the opportunity came for her to do something about her essential tremor (ET), she took the bull by the horns. Donna…
By: Neil Adler, Freelance writer for INSIGHTEC
January 20, 2019
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 from it. Neurologists specializing in movement disorders have a tool kit they use to identify and assess the severity of ET. I sat down with Paul S. Fishman M.D., Ph.D., a Professor of Neurology, Adjunct…
By: Neil Adler, Freelance writer for INSIGHTEC
January 9, 2019
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. HopeNet, a non-profit advocacy organization supporting people with Essential Tremor, sponsored the play. The play was billed as “a poignant exploration of Asay’s personal journey, as she comes to terms with the physical and emotional impact of developing the little-understood…
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 to my mouth without spilling, dropping, or stumbling around. My family knows about my tremors, and they always tell me that it’s not a problem. “Don’t worry about it,” is what they tell me, but…
By: Neil Adler
October 22, 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 (more…)
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. (more…)
By: The INSIGHTEC Marketing Team
July 18, 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. (more…)
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 a decade. In the midst of all those satisfying work years, Billy and his wife raised two children in Winchester, Vermont.…
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…
By: The INSIGHTEC Marketing Team
June 12, 2018
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 receive very often, and now we have some good news to share with all of you.   MR-guided focused ultrasound (Neuravive treatment) is now covered in 10 states. Additionally, on July 1, coverage will expand…
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. (more…)
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's FDA-approved device uses focused ultrasound guided by MR imaging to treat essential tremor patients - without having to go under the scalpel. This incisionless treatment is being performed on a routine basis at 11 leading medical centers across the USA. How Does It Work? First,…
By: Pamela Schwartz, INSIGHTEC Product Marketing Manager
March 31, 2018
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. The IETF hosts and promotes educational programs in order to educate patients, healthcare providers and the general public about essential tremor in cities across the U.S. Find out what is happening in your community. The IETF is doing so much for the ET community and…
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. We invite you to join in spreading the word! Make a sign with the hashtag #DoYouKnowET, take a picture of yourself with the sign and share on Facebook. Check out our #DoYouKnowET webpage and share the link…
By: The INSIGHTEC Marketing Team
February 27, 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: Make an appointment with a Neurologist who specializes in movement disorders. The Neurologist may prescribe medication for your symptoms, such as CBD. If medication isn’t effective and your tremor impacts daily life, it may be…
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.…
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…
By: Xen Mendelsohn Aderka, INSIGHTEC Vice President of Marketing
December 17, 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…
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. (more…)
By: Guest blog - Cathy Ley
November 20, 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! (more…)
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. (more…)
By: Debra Emanuel, INSIGHTEC Corporate Marketing & Brand Manager
October 16, 2017
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…
By: Guest blog - Alexandra Lebenthal
September 27, 2017
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,…
By: Guest blog - 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…
By: Debra Emanuel, INSIGHTEC Corporate Marketing & Brand Manager
August 15, 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.   Focused Ultrasound Foundation: International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF): HopeNet: Diann Shaddox Foundation for Essential Tremor: Tremor Action Network: Please feel…
By: Debra Emanuel, INSIGHTEC Corporate Marketing & Brand Manager
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…
By: Guest blog, Dr. William Ondo
June 5, 2017
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…
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