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Stammering study hopes.

JUST one week of speech therapy can reorganise the brain to reduce stammering, a study has found.

In the film The King's Speech, it takes years for King George VI to overcome his stammer with the help of maverick therapist Lionel Logue.

But the new research shows that, with the right approach, progress can be rapid - and is reflected by changes in the brain.

Scientists in China tested 28 stammerers who were treated with a therapy that involved repeating two-syllable words and then reading words presented visually.

Scans showed that in stammerers, brain thickness was reduced in an area important to speech and language production called the pars opercularis. Neural interactions in the brain's cerebellum were also overactive in people who stammered.
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