This is an exciting time to be involved in Alzheimer’s disease research, as a great deal has been discovered about its underlying biology as the disease progresses. Clinicians and scientists are now able to detect some of the earliest features of developing Alzheimer’s — even prior to the onset of symptoms such as forgetfulness. It is hoped that this will lead to intervention with treatments that will be effective very early in the disease process.
Recent work by French and Israeli researchers revealed that congenitally blind individuals can activate the visual word form area (VWFA) — the portion of the brain used for reading — with the aid of specialized devices that convert visual information into sounds.
As pediatric neurologist Tim Feyma, MD, examines a patient’s imaging scan in clinic, he notices something that may be of concern. Fortunately, the structure of Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare’s Outpatient Clinic provides easy access for a consultation with a pediatric neurosurgeon working within the same clinic setting.
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