Lenexa, KS (PRWEB) July 05, 2012
The International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF) will host 26 free seminars in 2012 on the life-altering neurological condition called essential tremor. In July the IETF will visit three cities: Westminster, Colo. on Friday July 13 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Butterfly Pavilion, located at 6252 W. 104th Ave; Amherst, N.Y. on Thursday, July 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Buffalo Marriott Niagara, located at 1340 Millersport Highway; Louisville, Ky. on Saturday July 28 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Marriott Louisville East, located at 1903 Embassy Suites Blvd.
Essential tremor patients, family members, caregivers, and health care providers are invited to attend these special seminars, which are facilitated by the International Essential Tremor Foundation. Attendees will learn from local physicians about the diagnosis process for essential tremor, commonly prescribed medications, surgical options, current scientific research and more. Attendees will also be provided with a free essential tremor information packet to take home and share with friends, family and their own health care providers. Refreshments will be served and parking is free. More information, including driving directions and event registration, is available by phone (toll free) at 888.387.3667 or on the web at http://www.essentialtremor.org/seminars.
Every educational seminar will feature at least two local, specialty physicians; a movement disorder neurologist and neurosurgeon. In Westminster: Drs. Avrom Kurtz-Movement Disorder Neurologist with Foothills Neurology Associates and Kara Beasley-Neurosurgeon and Bioethicist with Boulder Neurosurgical and Spine Associates. In Amherst: Drs. Kimberly Trinidad- Movement Disorder Neurologist and Robert Plunkett-Neurosurgeon are both with the Comprehensive Movement Disorder Center at the University of Buffalo. In Louisville: Drs. Angela Hardwick-Neurologist and Todd Shanks-Neurosurgeon are both with Norton Neuroscience Institute of Kentucky.
“The IETF is dedicated to offering hope to those affected by essential tremor,” explains Catherine Rice, IETF executive director. “The Foundation actively works to generate greater awareness of the condition, fund critical scientific research in order to fully understand the causes of ET and offer support to those affected by this life-altering condition. At these seminars people will gain a better understanding of their condition and what options for treatment are available. Hopefully they will also realize, as they look around the room, that they are not alone in this condition; that there are millions all over the world affected, just like them.”
ET, which affects nearly 10 million people in the U.S., is the most common neurological movement disorder, but is frequently misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s disease. The condition is often characterized by rhythmic, involuntary and uncontrollable shaking of the hands and arms during movement. Sometimes ET can also affect the head, voice, legs and trunk. There is no cure for essential tremor.
About The International Essential Tremor Foundation:
Headquartered in Lenexa, Kan., and founded in 1988, the International Essential Tremor Foundation is the leading organization in the world dedicated to helping those affected by essential tremor through awareness, education, support and funding research to identify effective treatments and hopefully, a cure for the condition
The IETF hosts ongoing community awareness events across the country to build a better understanding of ET and provides those affected with the basic knowledge necessary to become their own advocate when seeking treatment. The Foundation provides support and resources to a network of 80 local support groups.
Since its inception, the IETF has distributed more than half a million dollars in research grants to fund 12 promising research studies to search for the cause of ET. To learn more about essential tremor, call 888.387.3667 or visit the IETF website at http://www.essentialtremor.org.