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Tourette syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics. The disorder is named for Dr. Georges Gilles de la Tourette, the pioneering French neurologist who in 1885 first described the condition in an 86-year-old French noblewoman.

The early symptoms of TS are almost always noticed first in childhood, with the average onset between the ages of 7 and 10 years. TS occurs in people from all ethnic groups; males are affected about three to four times more often than females. It is estimated that 200,000 Americans have the most severe form of TS, and as many as one in 100 exhibit milder and less complex symptoms such as chronic motor or vocal tics or transient tics of childhood. Although TS can be a chronic condition with symptoms lasting a lifetime, most people with the condition experience their worst symptoms in their early teens, with improvement occurring in the late teens and continuing into adulthood.
Advances in deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s could lead to treatments for other disorders

Advances in deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s could lead to treatments for other disorders

Clinical trial examines medicinal cannabis as potential treatment for severe Tourette syndrome

Clinical trial examines medicinal cannabis as potential treatment for severe Tourette syndrome

Wearable tracking device achieves higher accuracy in position tracking using thermal sensors

Wearable tracking device achieves higher accuracy in position tracking using thermal sensors

New study of youth with ADHD reveals gaps between student needs and school services

New study of youth with ADHD reveals gaps between student needs and school services

Non-invasive technique to accurately study activity in deepest part of the brain

Non-invasive technique to accurately study activity in deepest part of the brain

DFG establishes nine new Research Units

DFG establishes nine new Research Units

Groundbreaking study finds certain brain disorders are genetically related

Groundbreaking study finds certain brain disorders are genetically related

Global study shows that certain brain disorders are genetically related

Global study shows that certain brain disorders are genetically related

Researchers discover shared genetic basis for psychiatric disorders

Researchers discover shared genetic basis for psychiatric disorders

Massive analysis of genomes reveals insights into genetic overlap among psychiatric diseases

Massive analysis of genomes reveals insights into genetic overlap among psychiatric diseases

Research shines spotlight on placenta's critical role in genetic risk for schizophrenia

Research shines spotlight on placenta's critical role in genetic risk for schizophrenia

Salk researchers clarify relationship of two neuron types to psychiatric and movement disorders

Salk researchers clarify relationship of two neuron types to psychiatric and movement disorders

Systematic review finds lack of data on medical cannabis use in children and adolescents

Systematic review finds lack of data on medical cannabis use in children and adolescents

Rutgers scientists use genetic engineering technique to create brain cells for studying Tourette’s

Rutgers scientists use genetic engineering technique to create brain cells for studying Tourette’s

Study suggests neural mechanism behind contagious yawning

Study suggests neural mechanism behind contagious yawning

Human propensity for contagious yawning triggered by primitive reflexes in the brain, research suggests

Human propensity for contagious yawning triggered by primitive reflexes in the brain, research suggests

Researchers unravel genetic characteristics that increase risk of developing Tourette syndrome

Researchers unravel genetic characteristics that increase risk of developing Tourette syndrome

Researchers identify first definitive risk genes for Tourette Syndrome

Researchers identify first definitive risk genes for Tourette Syndrome

UCSF-led study finds high rate of autism symptoms in children with Tourette syndrome

UCSF-led study finds high rate of autism symptoms in children with Tourette syndrome

Study identifies structural changes in genes that increase risk of Tourette syndrome

Study identifies structural changes in genes that increase risk of Tourette syndrome