New wrist device to reduce tics in Tourette syndrome
A new wrist device which will significantly reduce the severity and frequency of tics among people with Tourette syndrome as per the trial.
Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a neurodevelopmental condition that is usually diagnosed between the ages of eight and 12. It causes involuntary sounds and movements called tics.
Tics are repetitive, stereotyped movements and vocalizations that occur in bouts, typically many times in a single day, and are often preceded by a strong urge-to-tic, referred to as a premonitory urge (PU).
As per the findings, “The Neupulse device has shown the potential to dramatically improve the lives of those with Tourette syndrome, who often face challenges managing their tics, by providing increased controli over their tics on demand,” said Professor Stephen Jackson from the University of Nottingham, developed the device along with the spin-out company Neurotherapeutics.
The device was used by trial participants at home at a similar time each day for 15 mins for a period of one month. A subset of people was also videoed each day. Each week participants gave feedback on their experience.