Capaldi tests new Tourette’s device
Lewis Capaldi has tested a new device which can limit the number and severity of tics people with Tourettes experience.
Developed by the University of Nottingham, the Neupulse wrist device sparks off a series of electric pulses which reduces tics in people living with the neurological condition.
A trial on 121 people with Tourettes showed positive results, on average their tics were reduced by 25%.
Participants used the device at their home at a specific time each day for 15 minutes over a one month period, giving weekly feedback on results.
After a month those who received active stimulation said they saw a reduction in their tics by 35%.
In total, 59% who received active stimulation noticed their tics reduced by at least 25%.
Capaldi himself tried out the device and told the university he was impressed with the results.
The university worked alongside Neurotherapeutics Ltd, who received £1m in additional funding to commercialise the device.
One of the participants, Mylo, 13, told BBC News: "The device definitely helped my tics. I still did the occasional tic when it was on, but the need to do it was a lot less.
"Tourette's can be really exhausting sometimes, like when you have a tic attack and can't get a break from it - this device could really help with that.
"I don't think I would use it all day, just when I felt I especially needed it."
Mylo's mum Alex added: "I feel this device could be a great safety net for us.
"I don't know how Mylo's Tourette's will progress as he gets older, but knowing there is something out there that can help if he wants it makes me feel so much better."
Prof Stephen Jackson, from the University of Nottingham, said: "Though the Neupulse device is still early in development, the results of this UK-wide double-blind clinical trial have been extremely encouraging.
"This device has the potential to dramatically improve the lives of those with Tourette's syndrome, who often face challenges managing their tics, by providing increased control over their tics on demand."
[ For more information and advice on Tourette’s visit the Tourette’s Action website ]