New rehab treatment for stroke

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A combination electrical stimulation and brain-computer interface treatment for stroke has strengthened the brain regions responsible for movement and can help rehabilitate patients.

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison developed a rehabilitation treatment for patients who suffered a stroke by combining two treatments: a functional electrical stimulation system which sends electrical signals to paralyzed limbs in order to activate nerves, and a brain controlled interface which helps translate brain signals into movement. In a trial involving eight patients with one hand affected by stroke, patients who suffered a mild stroke showed the greatest improvements in rehab care but all patients showed some improvements. MRI's of patients showed improved organization in regions of the brain associated with motor skills after treatment.

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