Left: Two men wearing coats and hats who are standing side-by-side on a sidewalk walk towards the camera with the assistance of walkers. Right: artist’s rendering of an oval-shaped medical implant dotted with electrodes that has wires protruding from one end.
Within Hours, Surgical Implant Lets Paralyzed Patients Walk
Multiple clinical trial participants who have severe spinal injuries were able to stand, walk, and perform specific activities after just one day of using an implant surgically embedded in their spines.
ABOVE: NEURORESTORE / JIMMY RAVIER
Within Hours, Surgical Implant Lets Paralyzed Patients Walk
Within Hours, Surgical Implant Lets Paralyzed Patients Walk

Multiple clinical trial participants who have severe spinal injuries were able to stand, walk, and perform specific activities after just one day of using an implant surgically embedded in their spines.

Multiple clinical trial participants who have severe spinal injuries were able to stand, walk, and perform specific activities after just one day of using an implant surgically embedded in their spines.

ABOVE: NEURORESTORE / JIMMY RAVIER

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two doctors looking at a medical monitor showing electrodes being inserted near a person's spinal cord
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Device Trials Go Unpublished
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Just half of the clinical studies used to gain premarket approval for cardiac devices ever make it into the scientific literature.
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Next Generation: Capturing the Body’s Energy
Abby Olena | Jan 20, 2014
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