Researchers can offer help to many paralyzed individuals by stimulating the spinal cord, but this is a delicate process fraught with difficulties. However a new flexible types of apparatus from Swiss researchers shows promise as it can move and flex with the spine, reducing pain and inflammation in the process. While not a cure, it may be a great help.
EngadgetIt'll be a while before e-Dura implants go into human field trials and reach hospitals. With that said, scientists believe the technology's potential extends well beyond overcoming spinal cord injuries. It could treat epilepsy and Parkinson's disease, not to mention reduce chronic pain for numerous conditions.