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New Technique May Stimulate Recovery from Spinal Cord Injuries

19 Aug 16  | Healthcare |  Life Sciences |  Technology
New Technique Triggers Some Recovery from Spinal Cord Injuries  


A new study intended to allow paraplegics more independent movement via the use of a robotic exoskeleton has had unexpected results. 

A team of scientists and engineers, led by neuroscientist Miguel A. Nolelis of Duke University, have reported that patients involved in a trial hoping to teach victims of spinal cord injuries to walk using a Brain-Computer-Interface (BCI) in combination with an Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) device and a robotic exoskeleton have begun to regain the ability to voluntarily move their leg muscles, and to feel tactile and pain stimulus in their paralysed limbs. 

The results of the study, the culimination of 12 months of training with the patients, were published in the journal Scientific Reports on 11th August

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