Posted by News Express | 26 September 2018 | 1,289 times
Miracles do happen outside the church as scientists have done the hitherto inconceivable by giving electrical stimulation to the spinal cord of paralysed people and making them walk again.
An experimental US rehabilitation program for paralysed people has made two persons walk again and two others have been able to stand or sit, according to newly published results.
The results were published Monday in the New England Journal of Medicine, at the same time that the journal Nature Medicine reported on another paraplegic treated at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota who succeeded in walking again also thanks to an electrode implanted in his spinal cord.
The Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Centre at the University of Louisville had previously reported in 2014 that some paralysed patients had regained feeling thanks to electrical stimulation.
This time, the centre announced that after months of retraining, two participants in its experimental programme were able to walk with the support of a walker or a cane, stimulated with an electrode in the spinal column linked to an implant in the abdomen.
Two other participants were able to stand up or sit down.
“All four participants could not do these actions in trials when the stimulator was off,” the study’s authors said.
The researchers said the physiological mechanisms at work were not fully understood. But they suggested this could be linked to the fact that despite being completely paralyzed, the two patients who were able to walk had retained some sensation below the level of their injury. (NAN)
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