The lack of major research initiatives remains a conundrum for patients and advocates. Studies continue into a type of alcohol, 1-Octanol, that provides tremor reduction while avoiding intoxication, according to Dr. Lyons. “Currently, it's probably currently the most promising pharmacologic treatment being studied,” she says. “1-Octanol is currently approved by the FDA as a food additive and occurs naturally in citrus oils.”
For a list of current trials, go to IETF's Web site (essentialtremor.org ), click on “Research,” and then click on “Clinical Research-Ongoing/Recruiting.”
In addition, on Dec. 8, 2010, The U. S. House of Representatives formally passed House Resolution (H.-RES.) 1264, sponsored by Congressman Dennis Moore (Third District-Kansas), officially designating the Month of March as National Essential Tremor Awareness Month. “It was a landmark day,” said IETF's Catherine S. Rice. Hopefully the designation will help advocates raise money for awareness and research.
Stephen Remillard is currently forming an IETF running team to raise money for the foundation and awareness of essential tremor. The goal: The Sun Trust National Marathon on March 26, 2011 in Washington D.C. or another in our nation's capital.