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Dyslexia - Cause

The cause of dyslexia is not clear, although it is probably an inherited (genetic) disorder because it runs in families.

Some studies have shown that people with dyslexia have abnormalities in the functioning of the areas of the brain involved in reading and language.1

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Dennis and Kimberly Quaid’s Mission

Last November, Dennis and Kimberly Quaid's newborn twins received about 1,000 times the recommended dose of heparin, a drug used to flush out medication IV lines and prevent blood clotting problems, when they were hospitalized for staph infections at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Shortly after the twins were released from the hospital last year (they are now doing fine), Dennis and Kimberly set up The Quaid Foundation (www.thequaidfoundation.org), dedicated to reducing medical mistakes...

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    Last Updated: April 12, 2012
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