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What research is being done on tremor?
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, a unit of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation's leading federal funder of research on disorders of the brain and nervous system. The NINDS sponsors research on tremor both at its facilities at the NIH and through grants to medical centers.
Tcientists at the NINDS are evaluating the effectiveness of 1-octanol and octanic acid, substances closely related to alcohol but not intoxicating, for treating essential termor. Results of two previous NIH studies have shown this agent to be promising as a potential new treatment. A current study is trying to find out how alcohol is capable of reducing tremor in essential tremor. NINDS further conducts research to find the gene(s) that causes essential tremor.
Where can I get more information?
For more information on neurological disorders or research programs funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, contact the Institute's Brain Resources and Information Network (BRAIN) at:
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Last Editorial Review: 7/20/2012