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Virginia Tech Researcher Seeks to Use Electrical Stimulation to Give Voice to Stroke Patients
March 7, 2011
Alexander Leonessa is developing a small device that could use functional electrical stimulation on the paralyzed vocal folds of stroke patients or others who have lost the ability to talk, or even swallow and breathe properly.
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