Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Pioneering implant revives legs of paralysed men

11:42 08 April 2014 by Andy Coghlan
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They can't quite walk. Yet. But four wheelchair-bound men who until recently were completely paralysed below the waist can now move their legs and toes and even lift up to 100 kilograms with their legs. Their spinal cords have been reawakened by electrical implants that revive the flow of information between limbs and brain. Such feats would previously have been unthinkable in people with spinal cord injuries.

"We think it's a very large milestone," says Claudia Angeli of the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center at the University of Louisville. "There's not been anything like this, and no hope previously for the most severely injured patients, so this is a very important step forward for them."

Read the rest on NewScientist.

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