To: CARLA K. JOHNSON, Associated Press
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Brain damage that leads to problems with speaking, reading, and writing set aside actor Bruce Willis and drew attention to a lesser-known condition with many possible causes.
Strokes, tumors, head injuries, or other damage to the language center of the brain can cause aphasia. Brain infections and Alzheimer’s disease can cause it.
The National Aphasia Association estimates that 2 million Americans are affected and nearly 180,000 suffer from this disorder each year. Willis’ family announced on Wednesday that he had been diagnosed with aphasia, but did not provide details on possible causes.
Most often, the cause is a stroke that blocks blood to a part of the brain. Without oxygen and nutrients, brain cells die and it becomes difficult to search for words.
Aphasia does not affect intelligence. Some people improve dramatically in a few months. Others may need to find other ways of communicating. Speech therapy helps.
Researchers are exploring new types of speech therapy and non-invasive methods such as procedures that use magnetic pulses to stimulate brain cells.
The Associated Press’s Department of Health Sciences is supported by the Science Education Department of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. AP is solely responsible for all content.
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