Dana News Email Blast

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Here are some stories recently posted on www.dana.org:

Using Brain Imaging to Unravel the Mysteries of Stuttering

by Soo-Eun Chang, Ph.D.

While researchers have made great strides in understanding stuttering in adults, the neural basis of stuttering in children largely remains a mystery. We do not yet know why up to 80 percent of children who stutter recover without intervention, nor do we know how to distinguish those who will recover without intervention from those who will not. However, recent findings support the idea that early intervention can alter or normalize brain function before stuttering-induced changes become hardwired. From Cerebrum, our online magazine of ideas.

Is the Neuroscientific Study of Pain Lagging?

In the past few years, the idea that the study and treatment of pain, particularly chronic or neuropathic pain, is somehow behind where it should be keeps coming to the surface. Where are we in our ability to identify and treat this common but complex ailment?

Autism: The Pervasive Developmental Disorder

The field of autism research has matured dramatically over the past decade with increasingly sophisticated scientists entering the quest for information with increasingly sophisticated tools. A Dana Report on Progress. [PDF version available]

Why Working Memory May Fade

A little slippage in the switches between brain networks may lead to older adults' problems with multitasking, suggests new research.

Making Science Relevant

Panelists at a Science Online NYC event discussed ways to connect underrepresented groups with science.

From the Dana blog.

Accepting a Diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer's

Pat Summitt, Tennessee women's basketball coach, diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. [The Washington Post]

See also, from the Dana blog: Alzheimer's, and life, progresses in the book Still Alice.

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