New hope for Tourette's Syndrome patients


Young people with Tourette's Syndrome have been given new hope as a result of pioneering work by scientists at the University of Nottingham.

There are around 300,000 people living with Tourette's in the UK, a neurological condition which can lead to verbal outbursts or physical tics.

Tourette's affects one in 100 children, some of whom will grow out of their tics by adulthood.

Scientists involved in the new study believe they can help patients by using brain imaging to diagnose the disorder and predict outcomes.

Professor Stephen Jackson and his team are building a 'brain atlas' to map the neurological development of people with Tourette's and help to suggest treatments.

Inside Out talks to Hannah Prentice from Birmingham and Spencer Forbes from Nottinghamshire who have volunteered to take part in the study.

Inside Out West Midlands and East Midlands is broadcast on Monday, 28 January on BBC One at 19:30 and nationwide on the iPlayer for seven days thereafter.

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