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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.
Bird Brains Shed Light On Speech Learning

Bird Brains Shed Light On Speech Learning

Scientists uncover neural mechanisms that may help in treatment of language disorders in children

Scientists uncover neural mechanisms that may help in treatment of language disorders in children

Auspex enrolls first patient in SD-809 Phase 3 trial for treatment of chorea associated with HD

Auspex enrolls first patient in SD-809 Phase 3 trial for treatment of chorea associated with HD

RUCDR Infinite Biologics receives $44.5 million Cooperative Agreement award from NIMH centre

RUCDR Infinite Biologics receives $44.5 million Cooperative Agreement award from NIMH centre

HSG conducts clinical trial with novel drug formulation for treating Huntington disease

HSG conducts clinical trial with novel drug formulation for treating Huntington disease

Brain circuits involved in compulsive behavior reveal a surprising connection with obesity

Brain circuits involved in compulsive behavior reveal a surprising connection with obesity

Studies show prenatal nutrition may affect gene function in children's health

Studies show prenatal nutrition may affect gene function in children's health

Transcranial stimulation improves symptoms of Tourette’s

Transcranial stimulation improves symptoms of Tourette’s

ADHD symptoms 'present in most children who stutter'

ADHD symptoms 'present in most children who stutter'

Social phobia prevalent in OCD patients

Social phobia prevalent in OCD patients

Deep brain stimulation has important role in treating severe Tourette’s

Deep brain stimulation has important role in treating severe Tourette’s

Two papers may help identify gene variants that contribute to OCD or Tourette syndrome

Two papers may help identify gene variants that contribute to OCD or Tourette syndrome

Scientists discover how pten gene causes brain changes that lead to autism-like behavior

Scientists discover how pten gene causes brain changes that lead to autism-like behavior

Novel way to monitor real-time chemical changes in brains of patients undergoing DBS

Novel way to monitor real-time chemical changes in brains of patients undergoing DBS

Folic acid taken during first month of pregnancy reduces risk of autism in children

Folic acid taken during first month of pregnancy reduces risk of autism in children

NYU Langone establishes unique neuromodulation center

NYU Langone establishes unique neuromodulation center

Autism researcher awarded $1 million grant to apply virtual-reality technology

Autism researcher awarded $1 million grant to apply virtual-reality technology

Study shows how PCBs could add to autism risk

Study shows how PCBs could add to autism risk

First study to examine links between neurodevelopmental disorders and maternal metabolic conditions

First study to examine links between neurodevelopmental disorders and maternal metabolic conditions

Symposium discusses links between genetic, epigenetic and environmental influences on autism

Symposium discusses links between genetic, epigenetic and environmental influences on autism