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Dementia-related language impairments may reflect patients’ native tongue

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A recent study published in Neurology from scientists at the University of California San Francisco Memory and Aging Center (CA, USA) has suggested that English and Italian speakers who have dementia-related language impairments may experience distinct kinds of speech and reading difficulties based on features of their native languages.

Until recently, it was believed that brain diseases that impact language abilities would manifest in the same way in patients across the globe. However, recent studies are beginning to question this. For instance, in comparison with English or French speakers, Italian speakers with dyslexia have been noted to have less severe reading impairments due to the much simpler and more phonetic spelling in Italian.

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