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Tourette Syndrome: The Science Behind It and Pseudoscience Surrounding It

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Come join us at the Humanist Hub on April 21 at 2:00 PM as Dr. Clay Jones breaks down Tourette syndrome for us: its underlying pathology, clinical presentation, and the latest science-based treatments for it. After grounding us in reality, Dr. Jones. will then dive into “alternative” (i.e. bogus) treatments for it, ranging from chiropractic to dental (yes, dental!). All of this is just one piece of a bigger story about why claims of bogus, pseudoscientific cures for diseases and disorders can fool patients and practitioners alike. There may also be a surprise guest joining Dr. Jones in his talk - more to come about that later!

Clay Jones, M.D. is a pediatrician practicing at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, MA, and a regular contributor to the Science-Based Medicine blog. He primarily cares for healthy newborns and hospitalized children, and devotes his full time to educating pediatric residents and medical students. Dr. Jones first became aware of and interested in the incursion of pseudoscience into his chosen profession while completing his pediatric residency at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital a decade ago. He has since focused his efforts on teaching the application of critical thinking and scientific skepticism to the practice of pediatric medicine. Dr. Jones has no conflicts of interest to disclose and no ties to the pharmaceutical industry. He can be found on Twitter as @skepticpedi and is the co-host of The Prism Podcast (@PrismPodcast) with fellow SBM contributor Grant Ritchey @SkepticalDDS.