Jason Howell and Megan Morrone discuss research involving a virtual reality therapy that might help some patients with spinal cord injuries achieve partial recovery. The research in Scientific Reports says a woman who had been paralyzed from the waist down for 13 years has regained some control over her legs after using the new VR brain-machine treatment. The aggressive training regimen uses brain-controlled robotics and asks patients to visualize moving lower limbs and use their EEG activity to control avatars in virtual environments. The level of recovery is being heralded as unprecedented in patients with long-term paralysis.
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