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2012-01-31 10:22:47

Britain's first adult autism survey reveals previously 'invisible' group with autism New research on autism in adults has shown that adults with a more severe learning disability have a greater likelihood of having autism. This group, mostly living in private households, was previously 'invisible' in estimates of autism. Dr Terry Brugha, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Leicester, led research on behalf of the University for the report Estimating the Prevalence of Autism...

2012-01-30 06:07:16

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Approximately five to seventeen percent of children are diagnosed with developmental dyslexia, dyslexia that is not caused by brain trauma. Children who have dyslexia have trouble with reading and the comprehension of written language. A dyslexic child will have trouble connecting the sound made by a specific letter or the sounds of all the letters together that form a word (called phonological processing). A new study at the Children's Hospital Boston has found that...

2012-01-23 22:27:46

Brain MRIs may provide an early diagnostic marker Children at risk for dyslexia show differences in brain activity on MRI scans even before they begin learning to read, finds a study at Children's Hospital Boston. Since developmental dyslexia responds to early intervention, diagnosing children at risk before or during kindergarten could head off difficulties and frustration in school, the researchers say. Findings appear this week in the online Early Edition of the Proceedings of the...

2012-01-23 14:00:00

Brain MRIs may provide an early diagnostic marker BOSTON, Jan. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Children at risk for dyslexia show differences in brain activity on MRI scans even before they begin learning to read, finds a study at Children's Hospital Boston. Since developmental dyslexia responds to early intervention, diagnosing children at risk before or during kindergarten could head off difficulties and frustration in school, the researchers say. Findings appear this week in the...

2011-12-21 19:45:09

People with dyslexia often struggle with the ability to accurately decode and identify what they read. Although disrupted processing of speech sounds has been implicated in the underlying pathology of dyslexia, the basis of this disruption and how it interferes with reading comprehension has not been fully explained. Now, new research published by Cell Press in the December 22 issue of the journal Neuron finds that a specific abnormality in the processing of auditory signals accounts for the...

2011-11-24 11:30:37

Dyslexia affects up to 17.5% of the population, but its cause remains somewhat unknown. A report published in the Nov. 23 issue of the online journal PLoS ONE supports the hypothesis that the symptoms of dyslexia, including difficulties in reading, are at least partly due to difficulty excluding excess background information like noise. In the study of 37 undergraduate students, the researchers, led by Rachel Beattie of the University of Southern California, found that the poor readers...

2011-11-14 23:45:22

Georgetown neuroscientists say once a word is known, sounding it out is not necessary Skilled readers can recognize words at lightning fast speed when they read because the word has been placed in a visual dictionary of sorts, say Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) neuroscientists. The visual dictionary idea rebuts the theory that our brain "sounds out" words each time we see them. This finding, reported at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Neuroscience 2011,...

2011-09-27 17:39:06

Children's National study focused on positive effects of lovastatin Researchers at Children's National Medical Center have found that a cholesterol-lowering statin drug appears to be safe in children with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) and may improve learning disabilities, including verbal and nonverbal memory. This is the first time that the drug lovastatin has been studied in children with NF1. The study, led by Maria T. Acosta, MD, a pediatric neurologist and researcher at Children's...

2011-08-04 09:00:00

Erik Heyer, founder of The Siena School, to join board of directors SILVER SPRING, Md., Aug. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Siena School ("Siena") announced today that Siena's founder, Erik Heyer, was appointed to the board of directors of the International Dyslexia Association ("IDA"). The IDA board is a cross-section of individuals concerned with the issues of dyslexia, including some of the nation's leading dyslexia scientists, educators and researchers. Siena becomes one of...

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2011-07-30 06:30:00

Not only does dyslexia make it difficult for people to read, but a new study also suggests that the condition might also keep people from recognizing familiar voices. In the study, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the McGovern Institute for Brain Research discovered those suffering from the condition, which is a dysfunction in the brain's ability to convert viewed written images into meaningful language, also have difficulty picking up how different people...