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Boys are three to four times more likely to suffer from Tourette's syndrome than girls, and Jasper has been struggling with the disease since he was 6 or 7 years old.

Jasper, whose tics are mostly verbal, says he can feel every tic coming—almost like a cough or a sneeze. The urges can also be compared to a "hiccup in your mind." When the tic overtakes Jasper, he says the words "coffee," "metal" and "die" repeatedly.
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FROM: Medical Mystery: The Mermaid Girl Miracle
Published on November 08, 2005

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