Paralyzed Man Uses a Neuroprosthetic to Move His Arm

For the first time in 8 years a man paralyzed from the neck down has been able to move his right arm thanks to a neuroprosthetic brain implant. This allows him to control his right hand through thoughts that are transmitted to electrodes embedded in his hand.

Via MIT Technology Review

Dissolving batteries for short-term medical implants

medGadget highlights research at Iowa State University into batteries for short-term medical implants that dissolve / wash away after completing their task / function. From the article:

Though the power produced by this battery is only sufficient to run a calculator for about fifteen minutes, the proof-of-concept is enough to point to great potential for diagnostic and therapeutic devices that don’t require a visit back to the doctor for explantation. In particular, brain implants would probably benefit the most since their removal can be particularly challenging and dangerous.


Electronic sensor can monitor health and then dissolves – via Ars Technica

Ars Technica highlights the development of tiny sensors that could one day be implanted in the human body – to track temperature, pH or pressure – before dissolving after a few days (and with further research perhaps a few weeks).