Health News 11/1/18
You can read this article in its entirety at https://www.bbc.com/news/health-46043924, titled Spinal implant helps three paralysed men walk again by Pallab Ghosh.
"Three paralysed men, who were told they would spend the rest of their lives in a wheelchair, are able to walk again thanks to doctors in Switzerland. An electrical device inserted around the men's spines boosted signals from their brains to their legs. And it also helped damaged nerves in the spinal cord to regrow."
"David had his implant surgically inserted by one of Switzerland's leading neurosurgeons, Dr Jocelyne Bloch, from Lausanne University Hospital. She told me that she was also astonished at David's improvement. David can now walk up to eight paces when his implant is turned off and this is the first time that this has been recorded in a chronic spinal injury."
"The researchers believe that their system will improve and restore some movement to people who had lost all hope of walking again. They plan to begin larger trials in Europe and the US in three years' time. If these go well, the researchers hope the system could become more widely available"
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