New treatment study for children with Tourette syndrome

Next month we will begin enrolling currently untreated children with TS, ages 6-17, in a treatment study. The research study will compare an investigational product, EBS-101 a.k.a. ecopipam, to a placebo (inactive substance). Neither we nor the patient will know which of these the child is assigned to, but the assignment is tracked for comparison […]

“I’ve found the answer to TS,” or why science isn’t faster

Recently someone with TS wrote me to say that he had discovered a trigger for tics and a potential treatment that might apply to others. I applaud his careful observations and willingness to share. But how can we move this observation forward? After all, numerous potential cures to TS have been proposed, ranging from antibiotics […]

Treating tics: an overview

What can I do for my child with tics? A mother of a child with tics emailed me to ask about treatment options, including information about medical cannabis and a dental device that some tic patients have tried. Here are my current “big picture” thoughts about this question. The first question is whether s/he needs […]