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Dambach tried drugs, which helped temporarily. He also considered surgery to implant a device called a deep brain stimulator.

But he didn’t like the idea of an implanted device, or having wires run from his chest to his brain. “I thought: no way,” he says. “This isn’t going to work for me, I’m still too active.”

Dambach decided to try a treatment at the University of Maryland Medical Center called focused ultrasound. The procedure sends sound waves directly to the part of the brain affecting his motor skills.

Then Dambach heard about a new treatment that uses sound waves to reduce tremors without traditional surgery. It’s called focused ultrasound, and it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2016. But the treatment is only now becoming available at more than a handful of medical centers.

…continue reading ‘How Highly Focused Sound Waves Steadied A Farmer’s Trembling Hand’

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