Paralyzed patients regain muscle control with the help of virtual reality

A 32-year-old woman who had been paralyzed from the waist down for 13 years has regained partial control over her legs after a revolutionary new treatment.

The woman, dubbed "Patient 1," is part of an ongoing research study that uses a system of brain-controlled robotics and virtual reality to restore neurological and physical interactions.
The study involved eight spinal cord injury paraplegics -- all of whom recovered partial sensation and muscle control after about a year of training. It was conducted by the Walk Again Project in Săo Paulo, Brazil and led by a Duke University researcher.
The conclusions from the first part of the study were [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]Thursday in "Scientific Reports." Research has been underway for a total of 28 months.

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