Another look at paralysis

Another look at paralysis

Robotic suits help the paralyzed move, but behavior changes may prevent injury

By Science News Staff, 14:55 PM November 13, 2013

Guest post by Meghan Rosen

Robotic suits are beginning to turn paralyzed people's dreams of walking into reality.

The suits, or exoskeletons, are high-tech mechanical devices that strap on and hold patients upright. One type of suit, described in the Nov. 14 Nature and in SN's Mind to motion feature, uses a brain-computer interface that taps into patients’ thoughts to control robotic movements.

But the suits may still be years away. Simple behavioral changes, such as exercising the legs or not t...

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