Honors college student tackles Tourette syndrome

Alicia Vanasse, 24, is a college honors student and president of her school's communications club; three years ago, such progress was unimaginable for Vanasse as she attempted to control severe Tourette syndrome. But a new drug regimen and a congressional internship built Vanasse's confidence, and an adviser helped her explain her tics to professors and classmates. "I've always been 'that girl with Tourette's,' " Vanasse said. "But here I've been given the chance to just be Alicia."

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