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New speech test could help diagnose Tourettes faster



It’s a crippling neurological disorder that affects millions in the US; also often associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (OCD), running in families.

Kids with most types of brain disorders fight to assemble the repetitive sounds and turn them into real words.

The researchers behind this new study suggested that the results demonstrated using phonology could be used to help diagnose the syndrome quicker.

Tourette’s syndrome is an inherited mental disorder, typically characterized by involuntary movements and sounds called ‘tics.’

The study, conducted by Northwestern, Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities in the US, isn’t the first to show that kids with Tourette’s syndrome are particularly proficient at certain language techniques, Daily Mail reported.

In 1885, the disorder was named after the French neurologist Dr. Georges Gilles de la Tourette after diagnosing a lady who had coprolalia: the swearing tic which affects one in 10 people with the syndrome.

Well-known instances now comprise of Big Brother winner Pete Bennett, Ghostbusters performer Dan Ackroyd, and former Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard.

The typical age is seven, but this could drop if the new research helps boost diagnosis and screening processes.

Now, to diagnose this syndrome, patients must have at least one vocal tic and multiple motor tics are present for one year or more, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition.

Moreover, Dr. Cristina Dye, the lead author of the study, stated: “Research examining children with disorders such as Tourette syndrome usually explore difficulties or weaknesses.”

She followed by saying, “We wanted to examine potential areas of strength, as a way to broaden the understanding of this disorder.”

Soon, researchers could be able to predict whether a child would be vulnerable to developing the disorder. However, researchers need to conduct more tests as this new information is only the beginning.


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