New Info On Tourette Syndrome – Part 1 of 2
New Info On Tourette Syndrome. New acumen 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 recent study suggests Dec 2013. 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 of Nottingham in England. “This redesigned study is very important as it indicates that motor and vocal tics in children may be controlled by brain changes that alter the excitability of brain cells ahead of spontaneous movements,” Stephen Jackson, a professor in the school of psychology, said in a university news release.
So “You can think of this as a bit like turning the volume down on an over-loud motor system. This is effective as it suggests a mechanism that might lead to an effective non-pharmacological therapy for Tourette syndrome”. Tourette syndrome affects about one in 100 children and usually beings in early childhood. During adolescence, because of structural and functioning brain changes, about one-third of children with Tourette syndrome will lose their tics and another third will get better at controlling their tics.