Brain zap helps spine-damaged rats walk

Applying electrical pulses deep in the brain improves speed and endurance

By Tanya Lewis, 09:56 AM October 17, 2012

Editor’s Note: Science News intern Tanya Lewis is attending the neuroscience meeting in New Orleans on a travel award from the Society for Neuroscience.

NEW ORLEANS – Stimulating the brains of rats with spinal cord injury improves their ability to walk, researchers reported October 15 at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. The findings may suggest ways to treat spinal injuries in humans.

Known as deep brain stimulation, the approach has already been shown to be an effective t...

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