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article imageDyslexia can be 'seen' in brain scans

By Valerie Benguiat     Aug 15, 2013 in Science
A new brain scan technique could help doctors diagnose dyslexia in pre-school children, according to a research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Boston Children’s Hospital.
The research proposes that the brain differences shown in MRIs between children with and without dyslexia may be the cause, rather than the consequence, of the condition. According to the BBC, this hypothesis has not been confirmed, but it is being considered by the researchers.
The findings, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, could allow early diagnosis and treatment. According to MIT news, This study found a correlation between poor pre-reading skills in kindergartners and the size of a brain structure that connects two language-processing areas.
According to BBC, the size of a brain region is one of the indicators of dyslexia, as children with a smaller arcuate fasciculus had poorer pre-reading skills.
Dyslexia is a learning disability that impacts up to 10 percent of the US population, and according to the National Institutes of Health it is a learning disorder that affects how a person understands, remembers and responds to new information. People with learning disorders may have problems listening or paying attention, speaking, reading or writing (and) doing math.
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