WALL STREET JOURNAL: BRAIN SURGERY THAT TAKES ON TREMORS WITHOUT A DRILL
Essential Tremor is the most common movement disorder, affecting seven million Americans, most of them elderly. New devices such as high-tech eating utensils can compensate for the tremor to some degree, but real solutions have eluded us. Drug treatments often stop working eventually. Conventional brain surgery can help, but it involves drilling a hole in the skull.
But there’s hopeful news. A new, far less invasive surgery, using a procedure called focused ultrasound, minimizes the risk of hemorrhage and infection and has been working in many cases, as an article in the New England Journal of Medicine attested in August.
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