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Revolutionary Brain Treatment Stops MS Related Tremors

December 28, 2015

Tony Lightfoot’s “essential tremors” were way too much for him to handle. His arms jolted violently and wasn’t able to even sign a paper clearly. He just left a random scratch. He half-heartedly asked the doctor if he had a raincoat when offered a drink of water.

Lightfoot underwent a brand new brain treatment that involved firing bursts of ultrasound waves at the misbehaving neurons causing his condition. This revolutionary procedure is performed scalpel-free. Once the 4-hour surgery was complete. Lightfoot was able to hold his hand out steadily, sign his name, and yes, drink a glass of water without handing out umbrellas.

“I can’t believe it,” said Mr. Lightfoot, grinning broadly. “I never, never thought it would happen to me. It’s just marvelous.”

He is one of only a few dozen patients worldwide to undergo the experimental procedure, part of a potential watershed in neurological treatment that is using sound waves, magnetic pulses and radiation beams to bloodlessly heal diseased brains instead of physically cutting into skull and white matter.

The Toronto team, headed by Dr. Michael Schwartz and Dr. Andres Lozano from Toronto Western Hospital, both neurosurgeons, had treated four patients with focused ultrasound before Mr. Lightfoot, all of them seeing 80-90% improvement. Some have broken into tears as they discovered their new-found ability, the doctors say.

“This is just fantastic,” Frank Winnacott, a former salesman from Bradford, Ont., said on Tuesday about the results of his own treatment, which has allowed the 78-year-old to once again indulge in woodworking.

The hospital already has approval for a trial of the machine to treat cancerous brain tumors.