Tourette's Syndrome

A neurological disorder.

What causes Tourette's Syndrome?

"Although the cause of TS is unknown, current research points to abnormalities in certain brain regions (including the basal ganglia, frontal lobes, and cortex), the circuits that interconnect these regions, and the neurotransmitters (dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine) responsible for communication among nerve cells. Given the often complex presentation of TS, the cause of the disorder is likely to be equally complex." Is how doctors and researchers at the Institute's Brain Resources and Information Network (BRAIN) explain TS.

Symptoms of TS

There are often other problems related to the condition. These associated symptoms of Tourette Syndrome include; obsessive actions, autism, sleep irregularities, depression, anxiety, compulsive disorders, learning problems, restless leg syndrome, and hyperactivity. Although those diagnosed with TS may have problems retaining and learning problems, their IQ is not affected.
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What Research is being done now?

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and other institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) conduct research in labratories at the NIH and support additional research through grants to other medical institutions across the country. Knowledge about TS comes from numerous studies including genetics, neuroimaging, neuropathology, clinical trials, epidemiology, neurophysiology, neuroimmunology, and many others.
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Upcoming Events to Support TS (TEAM TSA)

October 20, 2012
*Indianapolis Marathon
5K Walk/Run, Kids Race,
Half & Full Marathons

October 21, 2012
*Vermont Walk
for Tourette Awareness
Orleans, Vermont

November 4, 2012
*New York City Marathon
Full Marathon Only

November 17-18, 2012
*Philadelphia Marathon
8K, Kids Race,
Half & Full Marathons
Details to come

January 10-13, 2013
*Walt Disney World Marathon (<< Let's go here!)
Registration Details to Come