Treatment helps paralyzed rats walk

Treatment helps paralyzed rats walk

Combination of drugs, electrical stimulation and therapy restores lost connections

By Laura Sanders, 11:59 AM June 15, 2012

Scientists have trained paralyzed rats to walk, run and even climb stairs. Weeks of rigorous practice coupled with an electrochemical spine-stimulating regimen allowed the animals to overcome devastating spinal cord injuries that immobilized their rear legs, Swiss scientists report in the June 1 Science.

Although preliminary, the results offer hope to people paralyzed by spinal cord injuries. “The really exciting thing, the take-home message for people living with spinal cord injuries, is that...

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