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Robots aid stroke recovery.

Professor Albert C Lo of Brown University, and team, compared 3 types of arm movement recovery treatments in strokes – standard care, intensive therapy from specially trained personnel, and robots from MIT.

In all patients the stroke had occurred at least 6 months earlier, while the average was nearly 5 years.

Therapy consisted of 3 one-hour sessions per week, for 12 weeks. Patients would try to move their arm under directions, with assistance from the therapist or robot when movement was detected.

The patients on therapy showed small but significant gains, both in terms of arm movement and everyday activty. The results from the MIT robots matched the specialist therapists.

Regaining movement after such a long time depends on neurons remaining in the brain being able to learn, to make up for those lost in the stroke.

Separately, teams at MIT are looking at the use of robots for movement therapy in cerebral palsy, MS, Parkinson’s and spinal cord injuries.

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April 18, 2010 - Posted by | Albert C Lo, Brain, Learning, MIT, Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, Robots, Stroke, Success

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