U of Minnesota researchers' electric stimulation device restores movement in patients with spinal cord injuries — 3 insights

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Minneapolis-based University of Minnesota researchers developed an electric stimulation device that restored voluntarily movement in two patients with spinal cord injuries, Minnesota Daily reports.

What you should know:

1. The battery-powered device is implanted in patients. It uses electric waves to stimulate nerves and restore function immediately.

2. Resident David Darrow, MD, is the principal investigator behind this preliminary study. Both patients were able to control and move their legs after being treated with the device.

3. Researchers are seeking more patients to test the device.

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