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Researchers testing robot to help quadriplegic

Here's some exciting news from a woman who cannot use her arms and legs. Jan Scheuermann has successfully picked up a piece of chocolate and taken a bite.  She gives thanks to a new kind of robot that she controls with her mind.

Jan is part of a clinical trial at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where researchers are testing a robot that is prompted to move by electrodes implanted in her brain.  Jan is told to think about doing something, like moving her hand, and the electrodes in her brain interpret the signals for movement and translate them into a code the robot can respond to. Jan found out about the clinical trial after seeing a story on TV.

Jan said, "I called right away, and I said, ‘are you the guys working with brain control and the prosthetic arm, and they said yes,' and I said, ‘I'm a quadriplegic and I want to do that!'"

The study will continue for at least two months. Doctors are hopeful this new technology will someday be available to many patients in their own home.

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