We just published results showing that brain structure, measured by MRI when we first met children with recent onset of tics, helped predict how much improvement there would be in a clinical rating scale for tics when the children returned at the 1-year anniversary of their first tic. Read more about it either here, written for laymen, or the scientific report.
For those who want more, the thinking behind the New Tics study and our results so far are described at some length (i.e. long-windedly ☺) in another recent publication.
Sincere thanks to all of you who have participated in our study so far, making these early results possible! We hope to resume recruiting new participants for the New Tics study soon (recruitment for nearly all human studies at Wash. U. is on hold until we can ensure everyone’s safety).