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GE Healthcare's InSightec May Hold Key to First Noninvasive Treatment for Easing Tremors in Patients


8/15/2013 5:59:46 AM

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Researchers have devised a way to shoot focused beams of ultrasound through the skull to calm essential tremor, potentially the first non-invasive approach for hard-to-treat forms of the involuntary-shaking disorder. As many as 10 million people in the U.S. have essential tremor, which is four times more common than its close cousin Parkinson’s disease. The condition often begins in young adults, worsening over time. While drugs help, deep-brain stimulation and surgery are used for those with disabling symptoms.

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