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Friday, May 20, 2005

A Real-Life "Bionic Woman"

Surgeons at the University of Southampton have successfully implanted a "bionic" device to help a stroke patient regain her hand and arm movement. The patient is a 46-year-old hairdresser who has suffered two strokes in nine years, affecting her left side, though not affecting her ability to walk.

The 1.7cm-long device mimics neurons that carry messages from the brain to the arm. The device can be implanted into the shoulder through a small incision.

Such devices have been implanted before, though the Southampton researchers are hoping that theirs will show superior results, allowing the patient to regain full control of her left arm.

Source: Future Feeder