Monday, 21 May 2012

New cyborg technology offers hope for paralysis

New "cyborg" technology has been developed that can bypass the spinal cord and bring signals from the brain directly to the muscles, allowing the movement of paralyzed limbs.

The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago said the technology, once perfected, could eventually help paralyzed patients.

"eavesdropping on the natural electrical signals from the brain that tell the arm and hand how to move, and sending those signals directly to the muscles,” said lead investigator Lee Miller, who also holds the Edgar C. Stuntz Distinguished Professorship in Neuroscience at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

"this connection from brain to muscles might be used to help patients paralyzed due to spinal cord injury “perform activities of daily living and achieve greater independence.”

there is hope!!!!

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