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FEATURE ESSENTIAL TREMOR


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Patients who suffer with uncontrollable tremors can now be treated at St Mary’s Hospital using a revolutionary technique called magnetic- resonance guided focused ultrasound.


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magine not being able to hold a drink without your hand shaking. Or finding it difficult to hold a pen or use your smart phone. People living with essential tremor have to


face this every day, with even the simplest tasks becoming almost impossible.


Essential tremor is a shake of a part of the body that cannot be controlled, caused by faulty neural circuits within the base of the brain. There are many different causes of severe tremor and it can affect the hands, head or body. Over 250,000 people suffer with essential tremor in Britain. Until now, common treatments have


included drug therapies, surgery and deep brain stimulation. However, clinical researchers at


Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust have recently pioneered the use of a technique that allows magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound


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