An experiment makes wheel-chair bound stroke patients walk,
A number of stroke survivors in a small trial showed significant improvements after doctors injected stem cells directly into their brains. The study, published in the journal Stroke, was designed just to test whether the highly experimental therapy is safe, but the encouraging results raised doctors' hopes that it may eventually turn into a real treatment. "This wasn’t just, 'They couldn’t move their thumb, and now they can,'" Dr. Gary Steinberg, the Stanford neurosurgeon who performed 12 of the stem cell procedures, said in a statement. "Patients who were in wheelchairs are walking now."
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