Engineering Minute

Engineering Minute – Restoring Bladder Control with Magnets

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A University of California, Los Angeles neuroscientist has successfully restored bladder control to paralyzed patients using magnetic stimulation. Drawing on previous research where doctors used magnetic stimulation to improve nerve cell function, the technique applied the same type of stimulation to the spinal cord for 15 minutes every week. After a month of sessions, patients began to see significant improvement in bladder control and improvement in quality of life by 60%. Learn more about using magnetic stimulation to restore bladder control at UCLA.

UCLA neuroscientists, led by Dr. Daniel Lu, stimulated the lower spinal cord through the skin with a magnetic device placed at the lumbar spine.