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Friday August 12, 2016

Brain-Machine Interface Helps Paralyzed Patients Learn to Walk Again

Researchers are using virtual reality and exoskeletons controlled by brain-machine interfaces to help paralyzed people lean to walk again. Although it looks like something right out of a science fiction movie, the project is extremely promising.

Brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) provide a new assistive strategy aimed at restoring mobility in severely paralyzed patients. Yet, no study in animals or in human subjects has indicated that long-term BMI training could induce any type of clinical recovery. Following 12 months of training with this paradigm, all eight patients experienced neurological improvements in somatic sensation (pain localization, fine/crude touch, and proprioceptive sensing) in multiple dermatomes.

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