Tremor Gram – October 2020

Learn about the Cala Trio in Our New Podcast

We’re “Talking About the Cala Trio” in our latest “Talking Essential Tremor” podcast.

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IETF Executive Director Patrick McCartney interviews Cala Health CEO Renee Ryan to learn more about this watch-like device released by Cala Health a year ago. Cala Trio stimulates the median and radial nerves in the wrist and ultimately interrupts the tremor in the nucleus of the thalamus part of the brain. Studies have shown it can provide up to 90 minutes of tremor reduction in patients.

The Cala Trio is only available by prescription. Listen to this podcast and then visit with your doctor about it.

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Scholarship Applications Due October 31

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College students with essential tremor are encouraged to apply for a $1,000 scholarship through the IETF’s Catherine Rice Scholarship Program. The scholarships can be used for supplies, books or tuition at licensed, accredited institutions of higher education (including trade schools). Graduate and PhD students with ET are also eligible.

Applicants are judged on their academic achievement, leadership skills and/or community service, as well as a submitted essay. 

All scholarship criteria and the official application are posted on the IETF website.

The IETF awards up to four scholarships each semester. Applications are due Oct. 31, 2020.

6 thoughts on “Tremor Gram – October 2020

  1. I would like to see a page where members can become penpals to share like interests such as hobbies, travel, etc since we are stuck at home during this Covid crisis. I would like to connect with someone to talk to.

    1. The Covid crisis has been isolating for so many people. Some of our support groups are meeting virtually through Zoom, which provides some connection and interaction. Are you on Facebook? We have a private support group on Facebook called the Essential Tremor Awareness Group. It has more than 10,000 members. People interact all hours of the day and night, asking questions of each other and providing support. There’s even a “search” feature where you can search for a topic that has been discussed in the past. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/5884699022

  2. I had deep brain stimulation surgery about 12 years ago but the effectiveness is declining. My neurologist keeps trying different adjustments but they seem to last about a week and never get me back to where I was at first. Does anyone know of any good options?

    1. I had DBS back in 2005 and I never regretted it. Just lately have I been having slight tremor in my right hand but thank God not My head.
      I used to have terrible head tremors until my DBS and my voice is going too and I’m having trouble swallowing. It sounds as though you have had some problems ..I go back to the neurologist every six months and he has made some adjustments. I go to Gainesville Fl. to the movement disorder center. They are the best in Fl.

  3. I’m going to Sweedish Hospital in Seattle in three weeks for an interview with the Surgeon. Question: Is there anything new in the DBS surgery? How about the lazer treatment? Which lasts longer? Any questions I should ask him?

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