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Tourette Sydrome commonly called TS is an inhereted brain disorder Some characteristics of TS are uncontrollable body movements known as tics and uncontrollable vocal noises All ethnic groups are affected and men are three to four times more likely to have it than women Symptoms vary from preson to person and also vary in how severe they are Research into causes is ongoing and there is no known cure Conditions associated with Tourettes include obsessive compulsive disorder learning diasbilities attention problems such as ADD or ADHD and impulsiveness About one in two hundred people have Tourettes Tics are the main symptoms of Tourettes They can be both verbal and motor Some motor tics include facial tics such as bilnking of eyes or lip movements repeated throat clearing or sniffing repeated hand rubbing or washing arm thrusting leg kicking head twitching shoulder shruging or jumping Verbal tics may include odd noises repeating of something that is said or coprolalia Coprolalia is a less exhibited tic in which a person will swear or make racial slurs neither of which are intended to hurt or offend anyone although they often do because they occur at very inopportune times Some people can supress their tics for minutes or even hours but when they stop supressing them they are a lot more severe Research into the causes of Tourette Syndrome is ongoing So far research has shown that it is a genetic disease A few chromosomal locations have been discovered that appear to carry the genes that caues TS Parents have fifty percent chance of passing the gene on to their childern Girls who possess the gene have a seventy percent chance of showing symptoms while boys
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