International Essential Tremor Foundation to Host Complimentary Educational Seminar in Omaha, Nebraska

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Understanding Essential Tremor: The Diagnosis Process and Treatment Options

Essential tremor affects children too

Essential Tremor affects 10 million Americans - including children

At these seminars, people will gain a better understanding of their condition and what treatment options are available.

Saturday, April 20, 2013 / 10:00 a.m.
Nebraska Medical Center / 550 S. 45th Street
Durham Research Center 1, Auditorium 1002
Omaha, Nebraska

The International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF) invites people with essential tremor, their family members, caregivers, and healthcare providers to attend a free educational seminar in Omaha on the life-altering neurological condition called essential tremor (ET).

On Saturday, April 20, 2013, the IETF will visit the Nebraska Medical Center, located at 550 S. 45th St. in Durham Research Center 1, Auditorium 1002. The program will run from 10:00 a.m. until noon, followed directly by a question-and-answer session with the presenting physicians.

Local physicians Diego Torres-Russotto, M.D., Movement Disorder Neurologist and Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology and Director of Movement Disorder Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Kenneth Follett, MD, PhD, Neurosurgeon and Professor and Chief of Neurosurgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center will discuss the diagnosis process for essential tremor, commonly prescribed medications, surgical options, current scientific research, support groups and more. Attendees will receive essential tremor information packets to take home and share with friends, family and their own healthcare 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.

“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 treatment options 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.”

About essential tremor:
Essential tremor affects nearly 10 million people in the United States and 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, making daily tasks such as eating, drinking and writing difficult if not impossible. Sometimes ET can also affect the head, voice, legs and trunk. At this time there is no cure for essential tremor.

ET can disrupt people’s lives physically, psychologically, socially, and emotionally. Tremor at any severity level has the capacity to affect livelihood. Tremor can impede ordinary activities of daily living, stealing a patient’s dignity and independence. Tremor can prevent a person from pursuing hobbies and activities that are dear to them. Tremor can lead to depression, isolation, and humiliation.

About The International Essential Tremor Foundation:
Headquartered in Lenexa, KS, and founded in 1988, the International Essential Tremor Foundation is the leading organization in the world dedicated to those affected by essential tremor. The mission of the IETF is to fund research that will find the cause of essential tremor and lead to better treatments and a cure, increase awareness about ET, and provide educational materials, tools and support to healthcare providers, the public, and those directly affected by ET.

The IETF has distributed more than $600,000 in research grants, funding 24 promising studies, in the search for the cause of ET. The Foundation hosts numerous community awareness events across the U.S. to provide those affected with the basic knowledge necessary to become their own advocate when seeking treatment. And, the IETF also provides assistance to a vast network of support groups around the world. To learn more about essential tremor and the IETF mission, please visit the IETF website at http://www.essentialtremor.org.

For comment/interview, contact:
Catherine Rice, Executive Director
info(at)essentialtremor(dot)org
888.387.3667
913.341.3880

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