Health Report: Aug. 29, 1994

THE GOOD NEWS

-- Treatment with two drugs that stimulate nerve growth has been shown to stop the loss of motor function in mice suffering from a degenerative illness that closely resembles Lou Gehrig's disease. Doctors now think the drugs are worth studying in humans.

-- A brain abnormality has been found that may be central to dyslexia, the mysterious disorder that makes reading difficult for those who are afflicted. Surprisingly, the problem lies in an area of the brain that is responsible for processing quickly changing sounds. This suggests that dyslexia may begin as an inability to distinguish speech sounds...

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