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New Technology May Improve The Lives of People Suffering Weakness and Paralysis After Stroke

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Researchers at UT Dallas have uncovered evidence to suggest that technology designed to stimulate the vagus nerve could be the breakthrough needed to offer an improvement in the quality of life for people who’ve experienced weakness or paralysis following a stroke. While Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) has already been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a treatment ...

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How One Man Has Learnt To Walk Again With Direct Brain Control

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A man has walked again after years of paralysis thanks to scientists at the University of California, Irvine. By harnessing his own brain power, he has learnt how to walk again, five years after suffering a spinal cord injury. This is an extremely exciting breakthrough for all concerned as it’s the first time that someone with paraplegia has been able to ...

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A New Study Gives Hope For A New Treatment For The Familial Form Of ALS

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A new study carried out by researchers at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) has highlighted the potential for treating the familial form of ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. During the research, the scientists learned how a mutation in the gene which causes ALS leads to the cells accumulating damaged materials. A healthy motor neuron ...

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Mind-control Exoskeleton Aids Paralysis Recovery

The use of an exoskeleton that enables independent movement while providing tactile feedback has been hailed as a great step forward for people suffering from paralysis. So far, this invention which is part of the Walk Again Project has enabled eight paralysed patients to regain sensation and movement in previously paralysed limbs. The thought-controlled exoskeleton was developed at the Duke ...

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Can a Cancer Drug Help to Re-Grow Spinal Cord Fibres?

A group of international researchers led by DZNE scientists in Germany have found a way to stimulate damaged spinal cord nerves using the cancer busting drug, epothilone. This is being hailed as a potential breakthrough in the treatment of spinal injuries, as not only does epothilone aid in the regeneration of nerve cells, but it has the ability to reduce ...

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Potential New Treatment Discovered in Spinal Cord Injury Research

Research published by the US medical journal Nature suggests that there is likely to be a new treatment for spinal cord injury available to patients in the next few years. The drug is supposed to help patients with these injuries to recover more quickly, and with a reduced amount of pain and paralysis. Spinal cord injuries are one of the ...

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Where Nightmares and Science Fiction meet: How Scientists are using Mind-Reading Devices to Communicate with Victims of Locked-In Syndrome

Locked-in syndrome is the stuff nightmares are made of. With no bodily motor control – moving, breathing, speaking, etc. – you are essentially trapped inside yourself while most of your cognitive functions remain active. Locked-in syndrome is most often the result of a stroke, which can damage the part of the brainstem that paralyzes the voluntary muscles of the body ...

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