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Can This New Technology Help Accident Survivors with Spinal Cord Injuries?

New research suggests it may not be long before medical technology allows partial movement and sensation for people with paralysis. American and Brazilian researchers conducted a study that used virtual reality and a robotic exoskeleton to trick the brain into believing it was causing leg movement. Eight people who had been paralyzed for three years participated in the study. To trick the brain into believing it was causing leg movement, participants wore Oculus headsets (virtual reality headsets) and caps with electrodes to record brain activity. After the caps detected brain activity, the participants would see their legs moving in a virtual world. The recorded brain activity was then later used to power movement for robotic legs, tricking the brain into believing it was behind the movement. Participants used this technique for one year, and some gained partial movement and sensation. Four of the eight participants had their diagnosis changed from…
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