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Scientists may have way to communicate with paralyzed

A type of MRI machine can be a "typewriter for the brain," translating brain signals into letters, letting patients spell out messages. Sponsored Links The finding follows on two decades of neuroscientists looking for ways to translate brain signals into messages to help "locked-in" paralyzed patients, such as those with ALS, or Lou Gehrig 's disease. In the journal Current Biology, a neuroscience team led by Bettina Sorger of Maastricht University in The Netherlands, reports that the scanning machines translated signals in the brains of six healthy volunteers into letters, enabling them to spell messages. As volunteers imagined particular tasks, the study's MRI scanner detected signals of increased blood flow in very precise regions of the brain.

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