AI-assisted brain and spine implants helped a paralyzed man control his legs again

Thursday, May 25, 2023 - 11:03 in Health & Medicine

For the first time after more than a decade of work by researchers in France and Switzerland, a paralyzed man has regained the ability to walk naturally using only his thoughts thanks to two implants that restored communication between his brain and spinal cord. The press conference was held in Lausanne on May 23, 2023. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images In a groundbreaking new study published earlier this month in the journal Nature, a team of neuroscientists and other researchers detail how electrical devices implanted into the brain and spinal cord of a paralyzed man have helped him walk and even climb stars.  [Related: The slow, but promising progress of electrode therapy for paralysis.] The implants communicate wirelessly and fuse together two experimental technologies that are being developed to treat paralysis. One of...

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