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Is there a critical period for sign language?
Is there A Critical Period for Sign Language? (2000-02-18)

Critical stage in infant development identified for language acquisition
A landmark University of Colorado at Boulder study has confirmed that early detection and intervention involving infants with hearing loss has startlingly positive effects on their subsequent language abilities. (2000-02-18)

Can you hear what the neural net hears?
Biomedical engineers at the University of Southern California have created the world's first machine system that can recognize spoken words better than humans can. (1999-10-31)

UI analysis shows that eligibility criteria for cochlear implantation should be expanded
How much hearing an individual has before receiving a cochlear implant may partially predict how beneficial the device will be, according to University of Iowa Health Care research findings. (1999-10-08)

National Institute on Drug Abuse launches National Drug Addiction Treatment Clinical Trials Network
The National Institute on Drug Abuse is awarding $55 million in grants over 5 years to establish a clinical trials network to more rapidly move promising science-based drug addiction treatments into practice. Six universities around the country received the initial awards; future grants will expand the network. (1999-09-28)

NIDA celebrates 25th anniversary of scientific progress with a day of events for public and scientific audiences
The National Institute on Drug Abuse will host a scientific symposium on September 27 to commemorate its 25 years of progress in addiction research. An evening event for the general public will feature Floyd Bloom, M.D., editor-in- chief of Science Magazine. Both events are at NIH. (1999-09-08)

Differences in human brain chemistry may account for different responses to stimulants
Scientists have discovered a mechanism that appears to account for the different levels of euphoria people experience when taking a stimulant drug, according to a new study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the U.S. Department of Energy. (1999-09-01)

Boys treated with Ritalin, other stimulants significantly less likely to abuse drugs later
Boys with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who are treated with stimulants such as Ritalin are significantly less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol when they get older, according to a new study funded by two components of the National Institutes of Health -- the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The study, which will appear in the August 2, 1999, issue of Pediatrics (1999-08-02)

Inherited deafness studies may affect genetic counseling
Researchers have confirmed that one type of genetic mutation causes inherited profound deafness, while another mutation thought to cause deafness does not. These results, say the investigators, emphasize the value of basing genetic counseling on data derived from detailed genetic studies. (1999-06-16)

Cochlear Implant Increases Access To Mainstream Education
Researchers at Johns Hopkins report that profoundly deaf children receiving a cochlear implant are more apt to be fully mainstreamed in school and use fewer school support services than similarly deaf children without an implant. (1999-04-29)

UI Researcher Finding Ways To Make Cochlear Implants Better Mimic Normal Hearing
Using a computer model, Jay Rubinstein, M.D., Ph.D., a University of Iowa assistant professor of otolaryngology, and physiology and biophysics, has found a way to better mimic the natural spontaneous activity of the normal cochlea, which could lead to improved hearing for people who rely on cochlear implants. (1999-03-01)

Rare Brain Mapping Procedure Provides Unique Picture Of Two Areas Concerned With Language Processing and Production
A unique opportunity to map and test the human brain has yielded new insights into two areas involved in producing and processing language. The findings come from a rare case of a deaf person who underwent a procedure called an awake cortical stimulation mapping, which allows assessment of language and motor functions at specific brain sites. (1998-11-08)

University Of Washington Scientists Discover A Gene That Causes Deafness And Dizziness In Mice
Culminating several years of work, scientists at the University of Washington have identified a gene that, when mutant, causes mice to be deaf and to suffer from motor imbalance. Aptly named, these (1998-08-12)

Computer Interface To Help Deaf-Blind Community
Krista Caudill, a deaf and blind undergraduate researcher at the University of Delaware, is helping to design a portable computer that will (1998-07-30)

Seinfeld-In-Spanish Possible, Thanks To Simon Fraser University Software
Spanish-speaking television viewers in Central and South America will soon be able to watch and understand their favorite U.S. sitcom or soap opera thanks to software developed by two Simon Fraser University researchers. And tourists going to Mexico, or points further south, may eventually hold the language barrier solution in the palm of their hands. (1998-07-15)

Mouse Gene Reveals Clues To Human Deafness
A team led by geneticist Dr. Karen Avraham of Tel Aviv University in collaboration with Dr. Mary-Claire King's lab at the University of Washington has discovered a defective gene that causes progressive hearing loss in a large Israeli family. The discovery is reported in the March 20 issue of the journal Science. (1998-03-19)

Biologists Map First Gene For Age-Related Hearing Loss In Mice
A team of biologists from the University of Cincinnati, the Jackson Laboratory, and Northern Illinois University have identified a gene which leads to age-related hearing loss in mice. The gene was mapped used traditional genetic crosses and newer DNA micro-satellite markers. The work appears in the current issue of Hearing Research. The ultimate goal is to gain a better understanding of age-related hearing loss in humans. (1998-02-24)

Genetics May Explain Much Age-Related Hearing Loss
Age-related hearing loss may be lessened or prevented in the future by regulating an enzyme that neutralizes free-oxygen radicals, destructive molecules that can destroy sensory hair cells of the inner ear, suggests preliminary research conducted in the University at Buffalo's Center for Hearing and Deafness. (1998-02-17)

University Of Washington Geneticist Clones Gene For An Inherited Form Of Deafness
A postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of University of Washington geneticist Dr. Mary-Claire King has succeeded in cloning a gene which, when mutated, causes an inherited form of deafness. The findings of Dr. Eric D. Lynch and colleagues are reported in the Nov. 14 issue of the journal Science. (1997-11-13)

Researchers Documnet And Nurture Development Of A Language: Rare Opportunity Presented To Witness Human Capacity For Communication
When linguist Judy Shepard-Kegl was asked to assist with educational programs for deaf children in Nicaragua, she had no idea she would end up documenting the birth of a language. What she found in Nicaragua were deaf children in the process of developing a sign language and the never-before-presented opportunity to study a language as it came into being. (1996-07-11)

Knockout Mice Show Link Between Thyroid Hormone Disorder And Hearing Loss
A team of biologists has produced a special strain of knockout mice which demonstrates that the loss of a receptor for thyroid hormone causes severe deafness. Scientists believe the knockout mice will help in the study of some genetic forms of hearing loss in humans (1996-07-08)

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