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Promising Research For Facial Blindness

KYW Medical Report Sponsored By Independence Blue Cross

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - We are making huge strides in our understanding of the human brain but some have said it is the least understood organ in the body.

Take facial blindness for example. You have probbaly never heard of it. The condition is mostly inherited and people who are otherwise normal can not see or remember faces.

It has always been a mystery but Stanford researchers have isolated the problem to a part of the brain called the fusiform gyrus. A study patient had this area of his brain stimulated which led to him losing clear sight of a person's face...only the face.

Knowledge of the anatomic cause of the condition might lead to treatments. We are slowly learning more.

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