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Expert Rev Med Devices. 2014 Nov;11(6):537-9. doi: 10.1586/17434440.2014.941811. Epub 2014 Jul 25.

BCI-FES: could a new rehabilitation device hold fresh promise for stroke patients?

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University of Wisconsin-Madison - Radiology, 600 Highland Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin 53792, USA.

Abstract

It has been known that stroke constitutes a major source of acquired disability, with nearly 800,000 new strokes each year in the USA alone. While advances in public and preventative health have helped reduce stroke incidence in high-income countries in recent decades, growth of the aging population, increasing stroke rates in low- to middle-income countries and medical advances that have reduced stroke mortality are all contributing to an increase in stroke survivors worldwide. Large numbers of stroke survivors have residual motor deficits. This editorial will provide an introduction to a class of new therapies being investigated with the aim of improving motor outcomes in stroke patients that uses what is known as brain-computer interface technology.

KEYWORDS:

FES; brain–computer interface; functional electrical stimulation; stroke

PMID:
25060658
PMCID:
PMC4194138
DOI:
10.1586/17434440.2014.941811
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