Doctors Use Electrical Implant to Aid Brain-Damaged Woman

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(New York Times) – More than 3 million Americans live with disabling brain injuries. The vast majority of these individuals are lost to the medical system soon after their initial treatment, to be cared for by family or to fend for themselves, managing fatigue, attention and concentration problems with little hope of improvement.

On Saturday, a team of scientists reported a glimmer of hope. Using an implant that stimulates activity in key areas of the brain, they restored near-normal levels of brain function to a middle-aged woman who was severely injured in a car accident 18 years ago.

Experts said the woman was a test case, and that it was far from clear whether the procedure would prompt improvements for others like her. CONTINUE