Neurology Study: One Week of Therapy May Help Reorganize Brain, Reduce Stuttering

MINNEAPOLIS – Just one week of speech therapy may reorganize the brain, helping to reduce stuttering, according to a study published in the August 8, 2012, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

The Chinese study gives researchers new insights into the role of different brain regions in stuttering, which affects about one percent of adults.

The study involved 28 people with stuttering and 13 people who did not stutter. Fifteen of the people with stuttering received a week of therapy with three sessions per day. The other stutterers and the controls received no therapy. Therapy involved the participants repeating two-syllable words that were spoken to them and then reading words presented to them visually. There was no time limit in either task. The average scores on stuttering tests and percent of stuttered syllables improved for those who received the therapy. There was no change in scores for the stutterers who did not receive therapy.

Brain scans were used to measure the thickness of the cerebral cortex in the brain for all participants at the beginning and end of the study. READ MORE:

 

Dr. Sean Milligan, Neurologist

One of the specialties at Amarillo Diagnostic Clinic is Neurology. The Neurology team is lead by Dr. Sean Milligan.

An example of a disease a neurologist would treat is Carpal Tunnel and the test used is a nerve conduction study. Watch as Dr. Milligan demonstrates a nerve conduction study in this video:

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Other reasons you might need to see a neurologist are:

  • Parkinson’s Disease

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Dimentia

  • Neuropathy

  • Migraine Headaches

  • Epilepsy

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