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    Moving a paralyzed hand with the power of thought

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/busine...tml?tid=pm_pop


    COLUMBUS, Ohio ? First they screwed the end of the gray cord into the metal silo rising out of Ian Burkhart?s skull. Later they laid his right forearm across two foam cylinders, and they wrapped it with thin strips that looked like film from an old home movie camera. They ran him through some practice drills, and then it was time for him to try.

    If he succeeded at this next task, it would be science fiction come true: His thoughts would bypass his broken spinal cord. With the help of an algorithm and some electrodes, he would move his once-dead limb again ? a scientific first.

    ?Ready?? the young engineer, Nick Annetta, asked from the computer to his left.

    ?Three. Two. One.?

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    I saw a demo on CBS TV this morning. It's an interesting small step. Personally, I would prefer that they start with controlling bowel and bladder function.
    You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
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    Bowl and bladder? They'ed never get funding for something they can't show on TV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim C. View Post
    Bowl and bladder? They'ed never get funding for something they can't show on TV.
    Looking at the content of ads for ED drugs, vaginal moisturizers, etc., it will not be long before it's aceptable.
    You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
    http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

    See my personal webpage @
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