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Brain imaging study about TS

Posted on 23 March 2015

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The University of Birmingham and Tourettes Action carried out research studying people with TS’s thoughts and emotions using brain imaging. The results are now being analysed.

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Dr Clare Eddy, of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, carried out research studying people with TS’s thoughts and emotions using brain imaging. Another aim of this research was to investigate resting brain activity in TS because many people find their tics are worse when they are not concentrating on an activity, and improve if they focus on something like silent reading or playing an instrument. The results are now being analysed and it is hoped that the information obtained from this study will help patients who suffer from TS, and their families and friends, to have a better understanding of the basis for the symptoms of TS. Understanding more about TS can enable clinicians to improve patient care and may also encourage the development of future treatment approaches. Dr Eddy's study was sponsored by Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and Birmingham University Imaging Centre. The results will be published soon.

For more details on Tourettes Action research projects, please contact TA Research Manager, Seonaid Anderson.


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