International Tourettes Day

June 7 is International Tourettes Day! Today, we celebrate individuals and their families who have been impacted by Tourettes. Spread the word to your family and friends! To learn more about the global and individual impact of Tourette Syndrome, you can visit the YouTube channel of Tics and Tourettes across the Globe (TTAG).

New review articles on Tourette syndrome

Here are some review articles on Tourette syndrome that we published this year. The newest was published just today. Keisuke Ueda and Kevin J. Black: Recent progress on Tourette syndrome. Faculty Reviews 2021; 10:70. doi: 10.12703/r/10-70. Keisuke Ueda and Kevin J. Black: A Comprehensive Review of Tic Disorders in Children. Journal of Clinical Medicine 2021; 10(11):2479. doi: 10.3390/jcm10112479. Kevin J. […]

Suggestions for engaging with the media

Dr. Seonaid Anderson, who knows a lot about Tourette syndrome, has written some suggestions for people with tics to consider before agreeing to be recorded for e.g. a news story. These are good, thought-provoking points to consider before agreeing to such a situation. As she points out, many people with TS have had a good […]

Journal special issue on Tourette syndrome

This post is more for our academic colleagues, but others of you may also find it interesting. Dr. Deanna Greene, now at UCSD, and I are guest editors for a special issue of the Journal of Clinical Medicine on “clinical and pathophysiological studies of Tourette syndrome.” We invite manuscript submissions relevant to that topic. The […]

Cannabidiol and the DEA

The US FDA approved Epidiolex® (cannabidiol, or CBD) for certain seizure syndromes in June, 2018, and in November, 2018, the DEA rescheduled it as a Schedule V controlled substance (the least restrictive). This will greatly facilitate clinical use and clinical trials of CBD in the U.S. Note that there is little evidence at this point […]

Can median nerve stimulation reduce tics?

A fascinating publication from the University of Nottingham describes a non-invasive method that may reduce tics. The idea is that rhythmic input to a brain region can entrain that region to fire in synchrony with the input, and some rhythmic firing patterns seem to inhibit movement. The stimulation was delivered by generating a small electrical […]

Cool research result from the New Tics study

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 […]

Miles for Tourettes

 Since the Tourette Association of America’s National Awareness 5K was cancelled, they have created an event that everyone can participate in and fundraise for from across the nation called Miles for Tourette! This new virtual event takes place throughout Awareness Month (May 15 – June 15) and they have scheduled weekly fitness classes along with physical fitness […]

COVID-19 Changes to the New Tics Study

We are currently working to adapt the New Tics study so that study visits can occur online, for optimal safety for all due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As further information about online study visits becomes available, we’ll add updates here:  https://tics.wustl.edu/participate/new-tics-study/  Stay safe everyone!