WHAT TEX­TING SAYS ABOUT YOUR BRAIN

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Don’t shrug off sloppy mes­sages from a loved one—“dys­tex­tia” (an in­abil­ity to text co­her­ently) may soon be­come a vi­tal tool in di­ag­nos­ing stroke. A re­port pre­sented at a sci­en­tific con­fer­ence de­scribed the case of a 40-year-old man who sent non­sen­si­cal texts to his wife while on a busi­ness trip. When doc­tors eval­u­ated him at a hos­pi­tal the next day, he didn’t seem to have any of the usual lan­guage prob­lems as­so­ci­ated with stroke— un­til they gave him a smart­phone and asked him to type “the doc­tor needs a new Black­Berry.” What he wrote: “Tjhe Doc­tor nd­dds a new bb.” Worse, the man didn’t no­tice any spelling er­rors. Doc­tors de­ter­mined that he’d had an acute is­chemic stroke, in which a clot blocks blood flow to the brain. Be­cause text mes­sages are times­tamped, they may even help es­tab­lish when symp­toms be­gin.

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