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2009-09-03 15:18:34

Discovery could lead to new therapies for progressive hearing loss A team led by scientists from The Scripps Research Institute has discovered a genetic cause of progressive hearing loss. The findings will help scientists better understand the nature of age-related decline in hearing and may lead to new therapies to prevent or treat the condition. The findings were published the September 3, 2009, in an advance, online issue of the American Journal of Human Genetics, a publication of Cell...

2009-09-02 09:00:00

BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- LENA Foundation has increased the accuracy of the LENA Autism Screen (LAS) to 91 percent for children 24 to 48 months. LAS - the first automatic and totally objective autism screen - is now as accurate or more accurate than other autism screens currently available to parents and clinicians. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090210/LA69114) "We're thrilled with this leap in accuracy, especially on the eve of the launch of LAS for parents...

2009-08-27 16:57:03

 A new candidate gene for Specific Language Impairment has been identified by a research team directed by Mabel Rice at the University of Kansas, in collaboration with Shelley Smith, University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Javier Gayán of Neocodex, Seville, Spain. The finding, reported in the current issue of the Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, was discovered by examining genes previously identified as candidate genes for reading impairments or speech sound disorders....

2009-08-27 13:55:58

A U.S.-led study has found a new candidate gene for specific language impairment disorder by studying genes linked with reading impairment or sound disorders. Specific language impairment disorder is a developmental language disorder that's not related to or caused by other developmental disorders, hearing loss or acquired brain injury, according to Wikipedia. A team led by University of Kansas Professor Mabel Rice, in collaboration with University of Nebraska Medical Center Professor Shelley...

2009-08-21 00:11:40

U.S. researchers say trained musicians are better able to discern speech in noisy environments. The study, published in Ear and Hearing, supports the potential therapeutic and rehabilitation uses of musical training for those with hearing and communication disorders. The study points to a highly pragmatic side of music's magic, Nina Kraus, director of the lab at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., says in a statement. The researchers asked 31 study participants with normal hearing and a...

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2009-08-19 13:30:00

Tone-deafness appears to be attributed to poor wiring between certain regions of the brain, researchers reported Wednesday. Writing in the August 19 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience, Psyche Loui and colleagues said tone-deafness appears to be a neurological condition. "The anomaly suggests that tone-deafness may be a previously undetected neurological syndrome similar to other speech and language disorders, in which connections between perceptual and motor regions are impaired," said...

2009-04-14 11:34:12

A UQ researcher has revealed a new treatment for a speech disorder that commonly affects those who have suffered a stroke or brain injury. PhD graduate Dr Rachel Wenke has shown in a recent study that the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment® may be an effective option for dysarthria patients suffering from stroke and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Dysarthria is a speech disorder which negatively affects a person's ability to communicate as they can be difficult to understand and...

2009-03-31 15:41:23

U.S. researchers found 2-year-olds with autism seek out physical rather than social cues. Early on, babies focus on other people, but those with autism seem to pay attention to physical relationships between movement and sound instead, study leader Ami Klin of the Yale Child Center in New Haven, Conn., explained. The study, published in Nature, studied 2-year-olds as they watched animations where body movements were recreated as points of light on a black background. The eye-tracking data...

2009-03-31 09:00:00

BOULDER, Colo., March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The not-for-profit LENA Foundation is putting forth a strong presence at the 2009 Biennial Meeting of the Society of Research in Child Development (SRCD). At the event, April 1-4 in Denver, Colorado, four talks and one poster will be presented based on findings using LENA System technology. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090210/LA69114) "This year's SRCD is a great opportunity for our colleagues to see how LENA technology is fostering...

2009-03-30 09:00:00

BOULDER, Colo., March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The LENA Foundation announced today that its researchers have developed an automatic autism screen based on detectable acoustic patterns in the recorded vocalizations of children with autism. Based on a study of 1,227 day-long recordings of 76 typically developing children, 30 language-delayed children, and 34 children diagnosed with autism, the screen can distinguish between non-autistic and autistic children with better than 85 percent accuracy for...