Experimental Tongue Therapy Helps People with Brain Injuries

Updated: 04/29/2013 8:46 AM KSTP.com By: Nick Winkler

Research being conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is changing lives and giving hope to those who have lost brain functionality.

Evidence suggest that electrically stimulating the brain can help it recover some of the function it loses after being injured. It's why researchers have developed a device that delivers electrical impulses to the tongue which, in turn, transmits those impulse to the brain.

While the therapy is only experimental right now and not available to the public, people with traumatic brain injuries are praising the device for helping them recover brain function they thought had been lost forever.

Researchers believe the device may positively impact people with multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and soldiers returning from war with traumatic brain injuries.

If clinical trials produce positive results and the FDA approves the device, it could available to the public in the next several years.