Brain chemical could be key to controlling Tourette syndrome tics

September 26, 2014 7:26 AM

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Brain chemical could be key to controlling Tourette syndrome tics

By identifying the importance of this neurochemical, the research team from the University of Nottingham, UK, may have established a target for the development of new forms of treatment.

Led by Amelia Draper, the study found that higher levels of the neurochemical GABA in an area of the brain called the supplementary motor area (SMA) helped to reduce hyperactivity in the cortical areas of the brain responsible for movement.

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