Prosthesis uses swinging arms to tell legs when to step

Device creates neural connection that could help paralyzed people walk

By Laura Sanders, 11:54 AM August 12, 2014

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 The natural motion of swinging one’s arms may someday drive the movement of paralyzed legs. A device, described in the Aug. 13 Journal of Neuroscience, creates an artificial connection between arms and legs that could bypass sites of spinal damage.

In an experiment, 10 healthy male participants lay on their sides while wires supported their legs’ weight and held them horizontal, a low-friction setup that allowed scientists to see subtle movements. The prosthesis consisted of sev...

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