International Essential Tremor Foundation to Host Coping Teleconference for Patients

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Neurological condition that affects 10 million Americans to be discussed

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This new teleconference series is just one way the IETF actively works to create awareness of the condition, fund critical, ground-breaking scientific research and offer support to those affected by this life-altering condition.

The International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF) will host its third call in a free educational telephone conference series focusing on a different topic each session on the life-altering neurological condition called essential tremor (ET). This teleconference call will feature the topic: Coping with the Physical & Emotional Effects of ET and will take place on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. PST / 3 p.m. MST/ 4 p.m. CST/ 5 p.m. EST. Experts in ET care and research will provide up-to-date information in a teleconference format followed by a question-and-answer period. Registrations are limited and required. More information and registration is available at 888.387.3667 or http://www.essentialtremor.org/seminars.

The IETF has teamed-up with world-class neurologists and experts to host a one-hour call featuring presentations by doctors on the past and current essential tremor research and outcomes, and the future prospects for better treatments and a cure. Participants simply call in to the number provided at registration and hear experts discuss the latest news on a variety topics involving ET from the comfort of their home. No computer or Internet access is needed. Speakers include:

  • Kelli Reiling - Occupational Therapist, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Kansas Medical Center
  • Facilitator - Patrick McCartney, IETF Executive Director

“One of the most requested topics from our audience is to learn more about the many different coping techniques available to them and how they can make everyday living with their ET more manageable,” IETF Executive Director Patrick McCartney said. “This new teleconference series is just one way the IETF actively works to create awareness of the condition, fund critical, ground-breaking scientific research and offer support to those affected by this life-altering condition.”

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, 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.

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 $1 million in research grants, to fund numerous promising studies, in the search for the cause of ET. The Foundation has hosted 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, visit the IETF website at http://www.essentialtremor.org.

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