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Published on April 14, 2016

Exoskeletons Helping Paralyzed People Walk Again

BY Carolyn Abate


New technology is helping stroke and spinal cord patients rehabilitate, and in some cases learn to walk again.

For most people, powered exoskeletons are the stuff of movies such as “Starship Troopers,” “The Avengers,” and its most famous embodiment, “Iron Man.”

However, for people with spinal cord or stroke-related injuries, exoskeleton technology provides an opportunity to rehabilitate and potentially walk again.

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