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Brain-Robot Training Triggers Improvement in Paralysis

(BBC) – In a surprise result, eight paraplegic people have regained some sensation and movement after a one-year training programme that was supposed to teach them to walk inside a robotic exoskeleton. The regime included controlling the legs of a virtual avatar via a skull cap, and learning to manipulate the exoskeleton in the same way. Researchers believe the treatment is reawakening the brain’s control over surviving nerves in the spine.

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