Parachute Fail Victim Receives First Implant of the Eon Mini Pacemaker For Pain

Adam Hammond, a former member of the U.S. Army's "Golden Knights" Parachute Team, has become the first recipient of the Eon Mini—the world's smallest spinal cord stimulator. After suffering a broken femur, a shattered pelvis and a severed spine in an epic parachute fail »9/18/08 11:00am9/18/08 11:00am a few years ago, it seemed that Hammond would be…

Electric Implant Device Could Do Away With Gastric Bypass

Thanks to the research team at EnteroMedics, there may be new hope in our quest to lose weight while avoiding regular physical activity and a healthy diet. The device they have come up with is implanted just under the skin and uses electrical signals to block the vagus nerve—which controls how the stomach expands when… »5/15/08 2:00pm5/15/08 2:00pm

Radio Controlled Implant for a Reversible Vasectomy: Uh, No!

Scientists in Australia are developing a radio-controlled contraceptive implant that would control the flow of a man's sperm at the flick of a switch. The valve would be "push-fit" inside the vas deferens (duct that carries sperm from the testicles to the penis) and could be opened or closed remotely depending on the… »1/28/08 7:20pm1/28/08 7:20pm