30 May '17, 5pm

Vagus Nerve Stimulation Succeeds in Long-Term Stroke Recovery Trial

An implanted device can improve the ability of certain stroke victims to relearn movement, according to the results of a nine-month-long study released today at the International Neuromodulation Society Conference in Edinburgh, UK. Doctors working with Dallas, Tex.,-based Microtransponder implanted a device that electrically stimulates the vagus nerve on the left side of a patient’s neck at the exact moments when he or she is doing movements that are components of standard physical therapy sessions. At the end of six weeks, 75 percent of patients who had their vagus nerve stimulated during physical therapy saw a clinically meaningful benefit, compared with 33 percent of those in the therapy-only control group, according to Microtranspnder. That number went up to 88 percent at 90 days, and continued to show gains at six months and nine months. The therapy takes its cues fro...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/the-human-os/biomedical/devices/...

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