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Research May Lead to Early Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties and the Development of More Targeted Therapies

Monday, October 14, 2013

A new tool has been developed for early diagnoses of reading difficulties. A combination of brain scans and reading tests has revealed several regions in the brain that play an important for the development of the brain. This finding opens up new opportunities for those that are struggling with dyslexia and other reading disabilities. Specific parts of the brain are targeted with therapy and testing that can directly address the individual's weakness. The study looked at the correlation between reading ability and brain structure revealed by high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging scans of more than 200 participants. One of the outstanding features of this study is its unusually wide sample size. Typically, MRI studies test a relatively small sample of individuals - perhaps around 20 to 30 - because of the high cost of using the MRI machine. Testing a single individual can cost about $500, depending on the nature of the research.

About Harold Levinson, M.D.

Formerly Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, Dr. Harold Levinson is currently Director of the Levinson Medical Center for Learning Disabilities in Great Neck, New York. He is a well known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author. His "highly original" research into the cerebellar-vestibular (inner-ear) origins and treatment of dyslexia and related learning, attention-deficit/hyperactivity and anxiety or phobic disorders has evolved over the past four decades. Levinson's concepts encompass the collective insights derived from the examinations, follow-up and successful treatment of over 35,000 children, adults and even seniors and have led to new methods of screening, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. His expanded theories appear capable of encompassing and/or explaining all reported symptoms as well as most other concepts and experimental data, thus resulting in a truly holistic perspective.

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