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Nerve 'zap' treatment may speed stroke recovery

from WebMD

An implanted device that provides electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve leading to the brain enhanced arm movement in a small group of stroke patients, researchers report. Evaluating 17 stroke patients with chronic arm weakness who also received intense physical therapy, scientists found that three-quarters improved with vagus nerve stimulation, while only one-quarter of those receiving "sham" nerve stimulation did. more


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