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

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603993/this-paralyzed-man-is-using-a-neuroprosthetic-to-move-his-arm-for-the-first-time-in-years/amp/

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.

Source: http://www.medgadget.com/2016/08/dissolvable-battery-power-transient-implantable-devices.html

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).

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Source: http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/01/in-a-brain-dissolvable-electronics-monitor-health-then-vanish/