New Tourette Syndrome support group to meet
A support group for families dealing with Tourette syndrome will hold its first meeting Saturday in Tyler.
The Tourette Syndrome Association Tyler/Longview Support Group will meet at 2:30 p.m. at the East Texas Center for Independent Living, 4713 Troup Highway, Tyler, Denise Rite, group leader, said.
Sheryl Kadmon, the executive director of the Tourette Syndrome of Texas, will be the guest speaker, Mrs. Rite said.
Mrs. Kadmon is a registered nurse with two children who both have Tourette syndrome.
According to information from the National Institutes of Health, Tourette syndrome is a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics. The disorder is named for Dr. Georges Gilles de la Tourette, a French neurologist who in 1885 first described the condition.
The cause of the syndrome is unknown.
The state chapter offers free services to patients and their families. More information is available on the website tourettetexas.org.