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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...

2011-07-06 10:55:00

BALTIMORE, July 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) announces a pioneer initiative to support parents of dyslexic children. With one out of every ten people struggling with dyslexia, the IDA has taken the bold step of offering direct support to parents for the first time in its history. A discounted membership of $45.00 will provide parents access to an online interactive community including a discussion forum, blog and more, a bi-monthly dyslexia...

2011-06-30 00:00:28

A U.S. developer of assistive technologies for students with special needs will distribute EasyConverter by Dolphin. EasyConverter enables educators to make required curriculum and instruction materials "Ëœaccessible' in digital formats for students with disabilities. Volo, IL (PRWEB) June 29, 2011 Don Johnston Incorporated, a U.S. developer of assistive technologies for students with special needs announced today it will distribute EasyConverter by Dolphin Computer Access....

2011-06-14 23:00:24

One Swede in five is considered to have difficulties reading and writing, and the affected individuals tend to encounter great problems in modern society. A new doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg addresses their obstacles at various levels and discusses possible solutions. Being attractive in today's labour market requires lifelong learning. However, a person has to be quite good at reading and writing in order to benefit from courses and trainings. Nadja Carlsson, the author...

2011-05-27 21:39:21

Specialised teaching for individuals with dyscalculia, the mathematical equivalent of dyslexia, should be made widely available in mainstream education, according to a review of current research published today in the journal Science. Although just as common as dyslexia, with an estimated prevalence of up to 7% of the population, dyscalculia has been neglected as a disorder of cognitive development. However, a world-wide effort by scientists and educators has established the essential neural...


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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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