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- initiate /ih-NISH-ee-eyt/
- trigger /TRIG-er/
- portable /PAWR-tuh-buhl/
- deficit /DEF-uh-sit/
- disorder /dis-AWR-der/
[verb] – to cause something to begin
The government initiated a program to provide financial assistance to small businesses.
[noun] – a device, as a lever, the pulling or pressing of which releases a catch or spring
The trigger of the camera allowed her to capture the perfect moment.
[adjective] – light and small enough to be easily carried or moved
The portable speaker is lightweight and easy to carry around for outdoor parties.
[noun] – a disadvantage, impairment, or handicap
His hearing deficit made it challenging for him to follow conversations in noisy environments.
[noun] – an illness of the mind or body
The patient’s uncontrolled shaking and muscle stiffness are signs of Parkinson’s disease, a neurological disorder.
Unlike previous stimulation devices, this technology grants Oskam full control over the stimulation, allowing him to initiate movement without external triggers. The device’s ability to provide smoother movements and adapt to varying terrains is due to the reconnection of two central nervous system regions disrupted by the spinal cord injury. The connection established by the implants has remained reliable for over a year, even when Oskam is at home, contributing to his regained strength. The success of this trial has opened up possibilities for future applications, including treating individuals with arm and hand paralysis or those who have suffered a stroke. The researchers aim to make the system more portable by reducing its size. This groundbreaking research heralds a new era in the treatment of motor deficits caused by neurological disorders, presenting the potential for a digital bridge between the brain and spinal cord.
- The article talks about the medical device that helped a paralyzed man walk again. What do you think about this incredible achievement?
- How do you feel about the potential of this device to create a connection between the brain and spinal cord?
- Do you think this device is a breakthrough for paralyzed people?
- What challenges or limitations might come with using the brain-spine interface device? How do you think researchers can overcome those challenges?
- How do you feel about the potential of this device to create a connection between the brain and spinal cord? Do you think it has the potential to change the lives of many people with similar conditions? In what ways?