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Paralyzed Patients Start Walking Following A New Treatment

the researchers say this is not a cure for paralysis, and caution that it may not work on every patient. They say more study is needed.

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A wheelchair sits in the viewing area at a golf course, June 19, 2017. Medical researchers are working to stimulate the spinal cord to allow paralyzed patients to stand and walk.. VOA
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U.S. researchers are reporting progress in helping those paralyzed by spinal cord injuries to stand, and even to take steps.

Two teams of medical researchers working separately say an electrical implant that stimulates the spinal cord allowed three paralyzed patients to stand and move forward while they held on to a walker or were supported from the back.

One patient was able to walk the length of a football field.

“Recovery can happen if you have the right circumstances,” University of Louisville professor Susan Harkema said, adding that the spinal cord can “relearn to do things.”

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Bionic exoskeleton helps wheelchair users stand and walk. Flickr

Experts say that a damaged spinal cord leaves the brain unable to send messages to the nerves that activate the muscles.

The researchers believe those nerves are still alive, but are asleep.

Stimulating them with electricity, along with intense rehabilitation, can wake up those sleeping nerves and enable them to receive commands again.

Other earlier treatments using electricity allowed patients to stand and move their toes, but not walk.

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Experts say that a damaged spinal cord leaves the brain unable to send messages to the nerves that activate the muscles.

But the researchers say this is not a cure for paralysis, and caution that it may not work on every patient. They say more study is needed.

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Reports on the new therapy appear in the New England Journal of Medicine and the journal Nature Medicine. (VOA)

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Microsoft Launches ‘Surface Laptop 2’ In China

Refreshing its Surface laptop line-up, Microsoft in a New York event announced four new products

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Microsoft on Monday unveiled a blush coloured “Surface Laptop 2” only for the Chinese market.

The company launched the device with a black-finish in New York globally on October 2.

“Excited to be in Beijing today to share our newest products in China. Especially ‘Surface Laptop 2’ in blush colour. A finish developed exclusively for China,” tweeted Panos Panay, Chief Product Officer, Microsoft.

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A sign for Microsoft is seen on a building in Cambridge. VOA

The Surface Laptop 2 offers a premium design, PixelSense Touch Display, and best-in-class keyboard and trackpad, without sacrificing the 14.5 hours of battery life.

Priced at $999, Surface Laptop 2 comes with 8th Gen Intel processor.

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Refreshing its Surface laptop line-up, Microsoft in a New York event announced four new products — Surface Pro 6, Surface Studio 2, Surface Laptop 2 and first-ever Surface Headphones — along with new innovations in Windows and Office 365. (IANS)

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