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Nose power overcomes major disabilities

Severely disabled people may soon be able to use their noses to write, drive a wheelchair or surf the Internet, thanks to a device developed and tested by doctors in Israel.

The device harnesses sniffing — or breathing in and out through the nose — which involves the soft palate on the roof of the mouth, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States.

The soft palate is controlled by cranial nerves, which are “always very well conserved following severe injury,” said Noam Sobel, a professor of neurobiology at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, Israel, and one of the lead authors of the study.

via Nose power overcomes major disabilities.

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