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Doctor: Le Roy teens have PANDAS-like illness

On Monday night, New Jersey neurologist Dr. Rosario Trifiletti updated HLN’s Dr. Drew on the Pediatric Autoimmune Illness Associated with Streptococci (PANDAS) testing he has been doing on teen girls in Le Roy, N.Y. who have been affected by Tourette-like outbursts.

“We have some early results on some of the children,” Trifiletti said. “We’ve gotten the results, so far, [for] 6 of the 9 children back. I can tell you that they are testing positive – each one is testing for either Streptococcus or Mycoplasma, which are known triggers of the PANDAS syndrome.”

NY Dept. of Health releases Le Roy report

Medical Mystery breaking news: The New York Department of Health just issued a report. It says that their investigation did not find infectious or environmental causes for these illnesses.

Plus, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says they will remove barrels from near a 1970 train derailment spill site.

Le Roy families describe Medical Mystery anguish

The call for answers grows louder in Upstate New York. Why is a cluster of people in the village of Le Roy suffering from uncontrollable tics and verbal outbursts?

Lana Clark`s daughter Lauren is a sophomore at Le Roy Junior/Senior High School. She is one of the 16 known students at the school suffering from the “medical mystery.”

Tonight: Is your town toxic? Contamination controversy grows in NY. Plus, Jessica Alba!

Parents in upstate New York are not buying what doctors are telling them about the cause of tics and twitches in a cluster of Le Roy residents. Some are convinced that toxic chemicals are to blame. Who's right? Who's wrong? Dr. Drew and his guests separate fact from fiction. Learn how you can find out about what's in your area's water and air!

And we'll discuss the Planned Parenthood funding controversy. Is there a clash between politics and private health matters?

Medical mystery: Is gas being extracted by fracking?

The call for answers grows louder in Upstate New York. Why is a cluster of people in the town of Le Roy suffering from twitches and tics.

A new question is being raised: Is gas being extracted using a technique called fracking?

New York Medical Mystery: The Timeline

Several people from Le Roy, N.Y., continue to suffer from an illness that’s causing uncontrollable twitching and outbursts.

Numerous events that may or may not be linked have taken place in the area over time. Here are just some of them:

Controversy over Le Roy gas wells

The Le Roy Central School District has its own natural gas wells that supply the schools with fuel for heating and other purpose. The wells allegedly use a controversial technique called fracking. Dr. Drew takes a closer look.

Le Roy superintendent releases bold statement; Brockovich associate strikes back

The superintendent of the Le Roy Central School District released a “letter to the community” Tuesday that left Erin Brockovich associate and environmental investigator Bob Bowcock with a strong response of his own.

A portion of Cox’s statement reads:

Tonight: School at center of medical mystery calls attention a "distraction"

Officials at Le Roy Junior-Senior High School are angry over media coverage of the case that has the country focused on their community. They say they have been responsible in dealing with the behavior of, and reaction to, more than a dozen teen students believed by physicians to have "conversion disorder". Are battle lines being drawn between those who think the tics and twitches may be caused by environmental factors – and medical professionals who have examined the teens?

Dr. Drew and his guests consider the controversial possibilities.

Mothers: They're not faking symptoms

Lana Clark and Charlene Leubner both have daughters that are being affected by Tourette-like symptoms in Le Roy, New York.

Dr. Drew asked what they say to people who insist the girls are faking their symptoms.

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