Patients with paralysis 'control computer with their minds'

A tiny implant that picks up the electrical activity of the brain has been tested successfully in two Australians

Two patients with motor neurone disease have been implanted with a stent enabling them to control a computer with their thoughts and carry out everyday tasks such as online shopping and banking.

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Both patients have severe upper limb flaccid paralysis.

The motor neuroprosthesis was inserted by endovascular intervention through the jugular vein and manoeuvred into the superior sagittal sinus, where it was implanted immediately adjacent to the precentral gyrus.

“This is the first time an operation of this kind has been done, so we