ALS is a vicious disease that attacks the motor neurons in the body leaving the patients with the feeling of being entrapped; Unable to share any ideas or thoughts .The ALS association mentioned that there is no cure for the condition which affects almost 6,000 people in the united states every year.
According to the Motor Neuron Disease Association almost 8 percent of the patients will experience discomfort and complications even if they didn’t lose the ability to communicate completely.
However there is always good news , scientists have designed A high-tech brain implant that helped patients to communicate through brain signaling. The experiment was conducted on a female diagnosed with ALS and she showed great improvement in communicating her thoughts without requiring assistance in typing words .”She can spell two letters per minute,” mentions Ramsey, a professor of cognitive neuroscience at University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands who was part of this study. Ramsey clarifies that this revolutionary implant helps the patient to spell letters by choose them on a keyboard displayed on a computer screen.
The best thing about this successful research is that it will help in other diseases .for example it will enable scientists to develop a full implanted system for neuro-prosthetic to aid patients with paralysis and locked-in syndrome. Another study was conducted In October 2015, where four electrode strips were implanted in the brain to help in the area of muscle control specially for the right hand to determine the nerves which are still functioning.
After that These signals were transferred using sensors then through a wireless technology to a certain tablet , to put it in other words , anytime a patient tries to move her hand the signals were transmitted to the tab showing a typing order.
The study findings were published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Patients who underwent this study were quite happy with the experience and felt different and more comfortable with their ability to communicate easier Researchers believe that these findings are going to aid immensely in the field of ALS treatment, giving hope for the patients and their families. This will also help people who suffer from stroke or paralysis with loss of motor abilities communicate with more ease and express their thoughts efficiently unlike the old times when they require a great deal of help from others to convey their thoughts.