New research on tic timing

Tics happen in a fractal time pattern, even only a few months after tics begin. New work from our lab confirms that tics happen in a time pattern that is fractal. We explain the meaning of those words, the results, and their possible implications on this page. A press release from Wash.U. is available here. […]

European Society for the Study of Tourette Syndrome (ESSTS) Meeting

Dates: June 9-11, 2022 Location: Lausanne, Switzerland Contact: administrator@essts.org; You can also follow Dr. Seonaid Anderson on Twitter @Seonaidanderso2 If you are a patient or representative of a tics or Tourette Syndrome patient association, you are welcome to come to the ESSTS European Society for the Study of Tourette Syndrome meeting on 9-11 JUNE 2022. […]

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 […]

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).

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 […]