Vagus nerve stimulation boosts post-stroke motor skill recovery

Vagus nerve stimulation boosts post-stroke motor skill recovery

IMAGE: From left: University of Texas at Dallas researchers Seth Hays, Michael Kilgard and Eric Meyers collaborated on a preclinical study of vagus nerve stimulation's effects on stroke recovery. The results... view Researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas have demonstrated a method to accelerate motor skill recovery after a stroke by helping the brain reorganize itself more quickly. In a preclinical study, the scientists paired vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) with a physical therapy task aimed at improving the function of an upper limb in rodents. The results showed a doubled long-term recovery rate relative to current therapy methods,...

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