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‘Locked-In’ ALS Patient Communicates After Receiving Brain Implant

November 15, 2016

(UPI) – A high-tech implant has enabled a paralyzed woman with late-stage ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) to communicate through brain signaling, researchers say. The degenerative disease robbed Hanneke De Bruijne, 58, of all voluntary muscle control — including the ability to speak — while leaving her mind intact. But an experimental implant-software program allows the “locked-in” Dutch woman to type words without assistance.

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