19 July 2017
Vol 9, Issue 399

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ONLINE COVER Making Strides in Neurorehabilitation. This stick diagram represents a patient with spinal cord injury walking over irregularly-spaced rungs of a ladder (orange) without crutches. Mignardot et al. developed an algorithm that personalizes rehabilitation support by adjusting the forward and upward forces a robotic harness provides to the torso of patients recovering from stroke or spinal cord injury. After 1 hour of overground training using the gravity-assist approach, patients showed immediate improvements in harness-free locomotion. Larger clinical trials will help determine whether gravity-assistive support during neurorehabilitation enhances long-term recovery. [CREDIT: MIGNARDOT ET AL./SCIENCE TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE]