Joe Bremhorst, an IETF Ambassador, was featured in a recent news story to give his review of the Liftware spoon, a tremor-cancelling spoon from Lift Labs.
“It’s dampening my tremor tremendously,” Joe says in the story. He calls the Liftware spoon amazing and a lifesaver.
The IETF is glad to hear of Joe’s remarkable success he’s had with the Liftware spoon, and we hope many people with essential tremor will find the device as life-changing as Joe does. Liftware may be pre-ordered now, and Lift Labs will begin shipping the spoons in December.
Read more about this and other essential tremor stories in the news here.
Scientists recently released a study that could be a useful aid in diagnosing essential tremor.
Researchers at Columbia University found 20% of essential tremor patients in the study exhibited a head snap, which is a jerking motion of the head while engaging in the finger-nose-finger maneuver. In this maneuver, people touch their nose with their finger and then try to touch the examiner’s finger in an alternating fashion to test for tremor.
The study also documented the prevalence of head snap to Parkinson’s disease patients, and they found that none of these patients exhibited head snap.
Because so many ET patients are misdiagnosed (approximately 30-50%), many as having Parkinson’s, researchers hope attention to head snap will lead to more accurate diagnosis of essential tremor.