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Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 3:45 AM EDT
There's no miracle cure right around the corner but researchers say they've been able to replicate positive results from zapping the spinal cords of paralyzed patients.
When the implanted device is activated, the men can wiggle their toes, lift their legs and stand briefly. But they aren't able to walk and they still use wheelchairs.
The study's lead author, Claudia Angeli of the Kentucky Spinal Cord Research Center at the University of Louisville, says she believes the zapping of the spinal cord helps it to receive simple commands from the brain, through circuitry that some doctors had assumed was beyond repair after severe paralysis.
The study is in the British journal Brain.