“Locked-In” Patients Can Answer Questions

Feb 05, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET

Locked-in syndrome is a rare but terrifying condition where a patient is alert and aware, but unable to move or communicate verbally due to complete paralysis of almost all voluntary muscles. There is no cure or even a standard for treatment, but a new brain-computer interface is giving patients a chance to communicate with the outside world. With estimates that up to 50,000 people worldwide may suffer from locked-in syndrome, that’s welcome news.