Therapy could replace drugs for Tourette's

Behavioural therapy can be used to minimise physical and verbal tics in patients with Tourette syndrome and is an effective alternative to medications, a study finds.

In a 10-week trial of 120 adults with the syndrome, 38% of those treated with comprehensive behavioural intervention therapy were rated by clinicians as much improved or very much improved after treatment.

In a comparison group where patients were informed about tic disorders, but not offered advice on tic management, only 6%