New Virtual Education Event: Tremors, Quakes and Shakes of the Voice
If you are impacted by vocal tremor, tune into our newest virtual education event, “Tremors, Quakes and Shakes of the Voice: Understanding and Treating Vocal Tremor and Spasmodic Dysphonia.”
In explaining these conditions, Dr. Michael Johns, director of the voice center at the University of Southern California, gives a detailed explanation of how the voice works, even sharing a video of the muscles of the vocal chords. Diagnosis and treatment options are covered, including botox injections.
Changes to the voice that do not resolve themselves within about four weeks, should be checked by a physician, according to Dr. Johns.
Dr. Johns serves on the IETF Medical Advisory Board.
Tracking Cognitive Changes in People with ET
More than six years, Dr. Elan Louis launched the COGNET Study. His goal was to study the cognitive function of patients with essential tremor by following them over a period of years. Dr. Louis is professor and chair of neurology at the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
In our latest Talking Essential Tremor podcast, “Tracking Cognitive Changes in People with ET,” he discusses this study, which has involved hundreds of patients to date. He reveals the types of cognitive changes seen in people with ET and how these changes evolve over time. The study is ongoing and each participant has agreed to be a brain donor so the cognitive changes throughout their lives can be documented.
After listening to the podcast, you can read more about the study in this article published by the National Institutes of Health National Library of Medicine.
Scholarship Applications Due October 31
The deadline is approaching for applications for spring scholarships.
If you are a current or incoming college student with essential tremor, you are encouraged to apply for one of four $1,000 scholarship awards. Undergraduate, graduate and PhD students may apply.
Application criteria includes:
· Student achievement
· Leadership skills and community service
· Essay submission
The scholarships can be used for supplies, books or tuition at licensed, accredited institutions of higher education (including trade schools).
Scholarship criteria and the official application are posted on the IETF website.
Be sure to turn in your applications by Oct. 31, 2021.