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Research Team Identifies Neural Network Responsible for Generating Tic Disorders

A team of researchers has identified a neural network which is responsible for generating tic disorders. Targeting of this network via deep brain stimulation delivered by a pacemaker-like device has resulted in the alleviation of symptoms in people with Tourette syndrome. The researchers’ findings could serve as a basis for improving the treatment of people with severe tic disorders.

Tics usually manifest as fast movements or sounds which occur suddenly, in quick succession, and without any obvious contextual embedment. 

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