Jan 292012


The number is now more than two dozen girls, all with Tourettes like symptoms, including twitching, jerking and vocal tics. As our health reporter Marcie Fraser reports, the case spans New York State and is gaining national attention.

CORINTH, N.Y. — "My daughter is Alycia Nicholson. We are from Corinth, N.Y."

Randy Nicholson is reading the letter he wrote to a parent who lives across state in LeRoy, N.Y. A man he's never met, but shares in common, a frightening mystery.

"Alycia's passing out with seizures and tics, movements, along with a list of other symptoms since May 2011."

An honor student and athlete, Alycia deals with the same symptoms more than a dozen other high school girls in Western New York are experiencing.

"Seizures, visible tics, body movements and very bad outbursts," Nicholson said.

Her first symptoms appeared in May, before any cases in LeRoy. The possible connection? In July, Alycia, along with a traveling softball team, stopped and had dinner in LeRoy. Teammate Lori Brownell, also from Corinth, began to have symptoms shortly thereafter. Lori has just recently been diagnosed with Tourettes syndrome. Alycia has tics. Some days are better than others.

"I think I may be getting worse,” Alycia Nicholson said. “For a while, it was better, I thought, then it started going downhill." Read More

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