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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.
Enhanced cognitive control in young people with Tourette's syndrome

Enhanced cognitive control in young people with Tourette's syndrome

Tourette syndrome linked to SLITRK1 gene

Tourette syndrome linked to SLITRK1 gene

First gene mutation associated with Tourette syndrome

First gene mutation associated with Tourette syndrome

SLITRK1 gene appears to contribute to some cases of Tourette's Syndrome

SLITRK1 gene appears to contribute to some cases of Tourette's Syndrome

Tourette's and obsessive compulsive disorders linked to strep throat

Tourette's and obsessive compulsive disorders linked to strep throat

Botox may be a possible treatment for sufferers of Tourette's syndrome

Botox may be a possible treatment for sufferers of Tourette's syndrome

Chiropractic correction may help reverse multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease

Chiropractic correction may help reverse multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart may have suffered from Tourette's Syndrome

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart may have suffered from Tourette's Syndrome

Compulsive hoarding study could improve diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders

Compulsive hoarding study could improve diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders

FDA approval for drug to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

FDA approval for drug to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Research shows giving Tourette Syndrome patients the drug levodopa normalizes brain activity

Research shows giving Tourette Syndrome patients the drug levodopa normalizes brain activity

New treatment for Tourette Syndrome, patients experience significant resolution of symptoms following brain surgery

New treatment for Tourette Syndrome, patients experience significant resolution of symptoms following brain surgery