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Brain Scans Could Spot Developmental Problems in Kids
Date:9/9/2010

can doctors do anything about it? Possibly, said Dr. Paul R. Carney, chief of pediatric neurology at the University of Florida.

If a 7-year-old child has a frontal lobe that looks like that of a 5-year-old, for example, doctors could turn to learning therapies designed to boost that part of the brain, said Carney, who's familiar with the findings.

"Right now, most learning techniques don't speak to a specific brain network," Carney said. "But here, you'd be able to design a therapy and measure the response."

In other words, the brain scans could both diagnose a problem in the brain and help gauge whether a treatment is working.

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The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more on MRI brain scans.

SOURCES: Bradley L. Schlaggar, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor, developmental neurology, Washington University School of Medicine and St. Louis Children's Hospital; Paul R. Carney, M.D., professor and chief, pediatric neurology, University of Florida, Gainesville; Sept. 10, 2010, Science


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