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Brain Zaps May Help Curb Tics of Tourette Syndrome

Posted 17 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 ...

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