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Researchers find new tool for fighting paralysis

  • There's good news for those paralyzed by injuries in their spinal-cord. Electrical zaps have offered several patients the chance to move their legs once again. 

    Researchers revealed that subjects could correspond with a wave and move their toes, ankles and legs. Moreover, patients were also able to flex their leg muscles to an extent. One of them was able to stand for several minutes in 2009 but he had never completely been paralyzed below his injury. 

    Scientists mentioned that they're not certain as to how the stimulation is assisting patients in movement but "spinal cord injury may no longer mean a lifelong sentence of complete paralysis," an outside expert said. 

    http://www.livescience.com/44669-paralyzed-patients-move-spinal-stimulation.html

    Tagged as: electric zaps spinal cord injury, spinal cord injuries, complete paralysis, technology news