Brain power helping stroke victims regain use of limbs

Stroke victim using computer

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Scientists in Singapore are helping stroke victims regain control of their limbs through brain activity and robotic arms.

The patient wears a cap fitted with electrodes and when they think about moving their limbs, this information is transmitted through a computer, which then moves a robotic arm.

Brain Computer Interface is still a fairly experimental mode of treatment, but the second phase of trials will be completed in mid-2012.

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