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Brain Zaps May Help Curb Tics of Tourette Syndrome

Posted 17 Jan 2018 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 – Electric zaps can help rewire the brains of Tourette syndrome patients, effectively reducing their uncontrollable vocal and motor tics, a new study shows. The procedure, called deep brain stimulation (DBS), improved tic severity by nearly half in 171 patients with uncontrolled Tourette symptoms at 31 hospitals in 10 countries. "That's an impressive number," said senior ...

Medical Marijuana Won't Help Most Sick Kids

Posted 23 Oct 2017 by

MONDAY, Oct. 23, 2017 – Medical marijuana appears to hold only limited promise for sick children and teenagers, a new review suggests. It can help kids fighting cancer with chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting, and it can control seizures somewhat in children with epilepsy, said study author Dr. Shane Shucheng Wong. He is a psychiatrist with Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston. But ...

New Clues to Why Yawns Are Contagious

Posted 31 Aug 2017 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 – The "contagiousness" of yawns may be rooted in primitive brain reflexes, British researchers report. Echophenomena is the term for contagious movements such as yawns. Humans tend to yawn when they see others yawn, and so do chimpanzees and dogs. Researchers at the University of Nottingham wondered where the roots of this type of echophenomena are located. They examined ...

When is Tourette Syndrome Actually Autism?

Posted 22 Jun 2017 by

THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 – More than one in five children with Tourette syndrome also tests positive for autism, a new study shows. But it's unlikely that so many children actually have both disorders. What's more probable is that Tourette's symptoms often mimic or seem quite similar to those of autism, the researchers noted. "Our results suggest that although autism diagnoses were higher in ...

Deep Brain Stimulation May Ease Tourette 'Tics'

Posted 11 Apr 2017 by

TUESDAY, April 11, 2017 – Some young people with severe cases of Tourette syndrome may benefit from having electrodes implanted in the brain, a small study suggests. The procedure, known as deep brain stimulation (DBS), has long been used to treat certain cases of Parkinson's disease and other brain-based disorders. But DBS is still considered experimental in the context of Tourette syndrome – ...

Tourette Threat Surges for Babies When Mom Smokes in Pregnancy

Posted 16 Sep 2016 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 16, 2016 – Children born to mothers who smoked during pregnancy are at increased risk for Tourette syndrome and other chronic tics, a new study suggests. Tics are repeated twitches, movements or sounds that people are unable to control. For the study, researchers analyzed data from more than 73,000 births in Denmark. The investigators found that children whose mothers smoked 10 or ...

Tourette Risk Seems to Be Driven by Genetics

Posted 17 Jun 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2015 – People who have a relative with Tourette syndrome or a tic disorder are at increased risk for the same condition, a new study says. The highest risk is among first-degree relatives, such as siblings, parents and children, the researchers said. Tourette syndrome is a nervous system condition marked by tics, or sudden twitches, movements or sounds, that people do ...

Insights Gained Into Tourette Syndrome

Posted 23 Dec 2013 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 20, 2013 – New insight into what causes the uncontrolled movement and noises (tics) in people with Tourette syndrome may lead to new non-drug treatments for the disorder, a new study suggests. These tics appear to be caused by defective wiring in the brain that results in "hyper-excitability" in the regions that control motor function, according to the researchers at the University ...

Genetic Studies Give Clues to Tourette Syndrome, OCD

Posted 14 Aug 2012 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 14 – Two new large-scale studies searching for the genetic links to a couple of relatively common psychiatric conditions show how difficult it can be to decipher the human genome's role in disease. The research, the first genome-wide studies looking at the potential association of particular genes with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and Tourette syndrome, was published in two ...

Tourette Patients Benefit From Behavioral Therapy: Study

Posted 6 Aug 2012 by

MONDAY, Aug. 6 – Tourette Syndrome patients fare better when offered tic management therapy as opposed to support sessions solely focused on providing information about the neurological disorder, new research suggests. The finding is based on a study of 122 patients between the ages of 16 and 55, all of whom struggle with the sudden and unwanted repetitive physical and verbal tics that ...

Behavioral Therapy May Reduce Tourette Tics, Symptoms

Posted 23 Apr 2011 by

THURSDAY, April 21 – Tics and other problems plaguing people with Tourette syndrome can be significantly reduced with relaxation techniques and cognitive behavioral therapy, according to a small new study. By using tests that measured symptoms common to the illness, the study found that 10 adult Tourette patients improved by 57 percent after cognitive behavioral therapy. Their brain activity ...

Children With Tourette Syndrome Have Better Motor Control, Study Finds

Posted 25 Mar 2011 by

THURSDAY, March 24 – Children with Tourette syndrome perform behavioral tests of cognitive motor control more quickly and accurately than those without the disorder, a new study found. Tourette syndrome is characterized by repeated involuntary sounds and physical movements called tics, which may involve blinking, grimacing, shrugging, twisting, grunting or – in rare adult cases – blurting out ...

Can Self-Hypnosis Help Tourette Patients Control Tics?

Posted 13 Jul 2010 by

TUESDAY, July 13 – Children and young adults with Tourette syndrome can gain control over their involuntary tics through self-hypnosis, a small new study suggests. But a specialist in the condition said the research is too preliminary to indicate whether the strategy actually works. In the study, reported in the July/August issue of the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, ...

Getting Closer to Cause of Tourette Syndrome

Posted 5 May 2010 by

WEDNESDAY, May 5 – A family in which the father and all eight of his children have Tourette syndrome held clues to treating the neurological disorder that can cause debilitating, involuntary motor and verbal tics. By studying the family's genome, researchers identified a mutation on the HDC gene that encodes the enzyme L-histidine decarboxylase, which is involved in regulating levels of the ...

Hormones May Affect Neurological Disease Risk

Posted 30 Jun 2009 by

TUESDAY, June 30 – Fluctuating hormone levels may explain trends in the timing of women's susceptibility to neurological diseases such as Parkinson's, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, Tourette's and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, new research suggests. Significant estrogen level changes occur at various stages of women's lives, including adolescence and menopause, and as a result of ...

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