Brain boost via tongue

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

AN ex­per­i­men­tal de­vice that stim­u­lates the brain with elec­tri­cal cur­rents via nerves in the tongue has been used to im­prove bal­ance in stroke sur­vivors for the first time.

Pa­tients in the small Royal Melbourne Hospi­tal pi­lot study used the de­vice while un­der­tak­ing in­ten­sive re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ex­er­cises. In the pi­lot study the 10 stroke vic­tims had in­ten­sive re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, but half of the group also used the de­vice. “Adding this stim­u­la­tion did im­prove peo­ple’s bal­ance more than just phys­io­ther­apy by it­self,” said re­search Pro­fes­sor Mary Galea.

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