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Lindner Center of Hope has new trial to help teens with Tourette Syndrome

Lindner Center of hope has new trial to help teens with Tourette Syndrome (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - There is new research that is offering hope and help for a nervous system disorder that is often seen in young people.

The study is open to teens at the Lindner Center of Hope. It could help treat a mental health concern that many don't know much about. It's called “Tourette's Syndrome”.

Dr. Tracy Cummings is a psychiatrist who works with teens who have Tourette's. She says it is characterized by vocal and movement tics.

“Pretty common tics might be eye blinking or shrugging a shoulder,” said Dr. Cummings. “But they could also be vocal so that might be clearing the throat or sniffing.”

The current trial compares dosing of a medication that might soon be on the market to help ease some of the tics.

“Can you go an hour without any tics? Can you go between three to eight hours? Are there eight plus hour moments without tics? So, it's really starting to look at is there improvement happening?” said Dr. Cummings.

The goal is to identify people and what might be happening and find another way perhaps to manage some of those symptoms.

They have outpatient therapy for this and of course many other things, but it's always good to find new therapies that might make a difference in someone’s life.

And not just the patient’s life, but those around them too.

“With the teenagers and the adolescent studies, it's nice to have a family member there too, because sometimes the patient is so used to what's happening, they might not pick up on every minute detail. It’s really great to have a guardian or someone that helps care for them present that can give their observation as well,” said Dr. Cummings.

You can find out more by calling 513-536-0707.

If you qualify there is no cost to you for any study treatment.

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