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2005-10-28 13:39:27

Pediatric researchers at Yale School of Medicine have identified a gene on human chromosome 6 called DCDC2, which is linked to dyslexia, a reading disability affecting millions of children and adults. The researchers also found that a genetic alteration in DCDC2 leads to a disruption in the formation of brain circuits that make it possible to read. This genetic alteration is transmitted within families. "These promising results now have the potential to lead to improved diagnostic methods...

2005-09-02 13:58:42

LONDON (Reuters) - A British professor sparked a row on Friday by saying that dyslexia - a condition that affects millions of people worldwide -- was overdiagnosed. Julian Elliott, professor of education at Durham University in northern England, described dyslexia as a "construct" that had no scientific basis but had gained wide currency. "It is hardly surprising that the widespread, yet wholly erroneous, belief that dyslexics are intellectually bright but poor readers would create...

2005-05-29 23:10:00

MADISON - Addressing a persistent debate in the field of dyslexia research, scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Southern California (USC) have disproved the popular theory that deficits in certain visual processes cause the spelling and reading woes commonly suffered by dyslexics. Rather, a more general problem in basic sensory perception may be at the root of the learning disorder, the scientists report today (May 29, 2005) in the journal Nature...

2005-06-03 19:53:01

The dyslexic brain may have a general problem forming perceptual categories, including the templates for printed letters and speech sounds, say USC neuroscientists. This is reflected in a reduced ability to filter out visual "noise" that can obscure a pattern, the researchers suggest. Their novel hypothesis, published in the current issue of Nature Neuroscience, raises broader questions: Does the dyslexic brain's trouble with patterns and noise extend to other senses? Does poor filtering...

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2005-06-01 06:49:11

Sensory, rather than visual deficits, may be to blame HealthDay News -- A problem in basic sensory perception may be at the root of dyslexia -- a learning disorder that causes reading and spelling problems -- according to a new study. The University of Wisconsin-Madison (UWM) and University of Southern California study contradicts the popular theory that deficits in certain visual processes result in the problems experienced by people with the disorder. The study, published online in the May...

2004-11-26 03:00:11

Researchers have found disturbing deficits in the use of psychotropic drugs for people with learning disabilities, but they are developing tools for improvement 'WHY AM I taking this tablet?' 'To make you better.' 'What would happen if I didn't take it?' 'You wouldn't be able to go out this afternoon.' Many carers engage in such dialogue with clients who have learning disabilities. Carers are often unclear about the purpose of a particular medication or the implications of taking...