A man born without functioning legs ran the 400 meters in 45.07 seconds on July 19, 2011, the fastest time recorded by an amputee. The ripple effects of this historic achievement may initiate a paradigm shift in how we view our bodies.
If cats have nine lives, they may have just acquired a 10th -- thanks to a groundbreaking surgery that saved the life of a feline double amputee.
Nathanael Paul likes the convenience of the insulin pump that regulates his diabetes. It communicates with other gadgets wirelessly and adjusts his blood sugar levels automatically.
Co-workers are always a great topic of conversation. You never run out of things to say when it comes to talking about the different types of people you work with, what you love, what you hate and how you deal with it all.
The SmartHand project has produced a prototype motorized prosthetic hand that researchers say gives unprecedented sensory feedback.
Researchers are working on a breakthrough in artificial limb technology -- a prosthetic hand that can actually feel.
I had a stent placed in my heart on December 9, 2002. What is the longevity for this stent? It was the newer kind that was safer at the time.
Most people with pacemakers or implanted defibrillators enjoy their iPods or other MP3 players just as much as anyone else, but a new study suggests they should be cautious about where they store the headphones.
Who knew that fighting breast cancer for the third time in seven years would reveal my purpose in life.
Dawn Spencer shares her experiences with cancer.
A baby who never uttered a word touched the hearts of nearly a million people.
"My life was sad before because I had to crawl on the ground," recalls Caesar Morales, a 24-year-old father in Mexico who, until recently, had only one limb and couldn't walk.
David Puckett's PIPO Missions brings prosthetic and orthotic care to people of southeastern Mexico -- free of charge.
French scientists have unveiled a working prototype of a fully artificial heart which is based on the technology of satellites and airplanes.
In the race to build a better artificial heart, French scientists have turned to technology from satellites and airplanes to create a heart that they say responds better to the human body
Double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius -- nicknamed the "blade runner" for his prosthetic limbs -- still hopes to make it to the Beijing Olympics despite failing to qualify for the individual 400-meter event, his coach said Thursday.
Double amputee Oscar Pistorius can run in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. CNN's Robyn Curnow reports.
Medicine has much to learn from nature. There are literally millions of medical compounds out there that could cure diseases, help improve treatment and even protect us from some types of bacteria.
Wireless systems used by many hospitals to keep track of medical equipment can cause potentially deadly breakdowns in lifesaving devices such as breathing and dialysis machines
Jill Levine has helped put more than 100 defibrillators on sports fields since her son died at baseball practice.
"This is a healthy 9-year-old boy. How in the world could his heart just stop?"
A double amputee sprinter has won the right to be eligible to compete at this summer's Olympic Games in Beijing after sport's highest court backed his appeal against a ban imposed by athletics authorities.
Insulin pumps are used by tens of thousands of teenagers worldwide with Type 1 diabetes, but they can be risky and have been linked to injuries and even deaths
Joshua Miller trotted off the football field after making a special-teams play and headed to the bench.
A Paralympic gold medal winner will not be allowed to compete in the Beijing Olympics later this year after athletics' governing body ruled that his specially-designed prosthetic limbs gave him an unfair advantage over other runners.
Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua Bleill lost both his legs above the knees when a bomb exploded under his Humvee while on patrol in Iraq on October 15, 2006. He has 32 pins in his hip and a 6-inch screw holding his pelvis together.
Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua Bleill tells CNN's Barbara Starr how Bluetooth technology is helping him walk again.
The world governing body for track and field has postponed its announcement on whether Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius, who runs on prosthetic limbs, can compete in this summer's Olympic Games, a spokesman said Thursday.
As women's basketball gets ready to honor one of its own who died this weekend at the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden, another heartfelt story is playing out across the country -- this one with a happy ending. After collapsing last May, first-year Washington State women's coach June Daugherty is bouncing back from her own bout with cardiac arrest
As women's basketball gets ready to honor one of its own who died this weekend at the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden, another heartfelt story is playing out across the country -- this one with a happy ending. After collapsing last May, first-year Washington State women's coach June Daughtery is bouncing back from her own bout with cardiac arrest
Ten years after a global pact to outlaw land mines, Afghanistan has seen genuine progress
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in a case that could have major implications for Medtronic Inc. and other makers of medical devices.
Holiday family gatherings can often be overshadowed by tension. CNN's Judy Fortin reports.
The cause of implantable heart defibrillators took a hit Tuesday when researchers reported the results of two studies that failed to reach their objectives.
We're all guilty of using our cell phones in off-limits areas. But a new study shows that in hospitals they can be hazardous to medical equipment
A nationwide push to put portable defibrillators in every school may not be worth the cost, a new study concludes
Prosthetic specialist Kevin Carroll travels the country tackling the toughest human amputation cases, so it was only natural that he was also drawn to Winter -- the only known dolphin to survive the loss of her powerful tail flukes.
Medtronic Inc. on Tuesday reported healthy gains in sales and earnings but analysts were disappointed by revenue growth.
Cheney's procedure successful
The first-ever spinal replacement disc for the neck could hit the U.S. market as soon as this month.
Stock prices for breast implant makers surged on Monday, following the FDA's decision on Friday to approve silicone implants, ending a 14-year ban for most women.
FDA approved silicone implants Friday, ending America's 14-year hiatus.
Startups operating on the cutting edge dominated FSB\'s fourth annual student business plan contest. Meet the winners and runners-up.
When Jeff Brandt contacted us for a makeover nearly a year ago he was eager to expand his prosthetics and orthotics business. He had two small offices providing artificial limbs and braces but want...
On a warm August evening in Manhattan, the former leaders of medical-device maker Guidant joined their investment bankers in a private room at the tony Bouley restaurant to celebrate the sale of th...
Abiomed hit a major medical milestone when the FDA approved its artificial heart, but relatively few people are expected to use it and the company isn't likely to see significant sales from its new product at least a couple years.
Federal regulators have approved the first totally implanted artificial heart for patients who aren't eligible for a heart transplant, the Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday.
For the first time since 1992 - the year Bill Clinton was elected, John Gotti was convicted and Los Angeles spiraled into riots - silicone breast implants may once again be available in America.
Since Deep Blue's victory over chess champion Gary Kasparov, humans have had to grow used to the idea of being eclipsed by computers in the most intellectual of mind games.
SAN FRANCISCO (Business 2.0 Magazine) - Investing in healthcare startups has long been a specialized business. It's one thing to kick the tires on an Internet startup; you just go to the website and start clicking away. It's another matter altogether to try to figure out if a biotech startup really has come up with a cure for cancer.
Ever since our ancestors first started making tools, humanity has been trying to go beyond its limitations to improve on the way our bodies interact with nature.
The Food and Drug Administration is recruiting outside help to monitor the safety of defibrillators for the first time, according to a news report.
Two best friends with the same first name, Jeff Brandt and Jeff Quelet, met years ago when both were in the early days of an unusual career: fitting patients with artificial limbs and body braces, ...
Johnson & Johnson was going to buy Guidant to grow its strongest line of business. But J&J lost. So it needs to buy something else to keep its most promising business rolling.
Guidant Corp. formally ended its merger agreement with Johnson & Johnson and entered into a $27 billion accord with Boston Scientific, the medical device maker announced early Wednesday.
Tuesday is a big day for Johnson & Johnson: not only is it announcing fourth-quarter results, but it faces a crucial deadline in the ongoing bidding war over Guidant.
Is Guidant worth all this fuss?
Guidant's board of directors determined that the company's newly ramped-up offer from Boston Scientific Corp. is superior to Guidant's current merger agreement with Johnson & Johnson.
Guidant just can't get any relief from regulators, but analysts and a potential corporate buyer refuse to give up on the beleaguered pacemaker company.
Guidant Corporation has notified the Food and Drug Administration of several new reports about recent patient deaths associated with short circuits in its heart devices, according to a published report.
Warren Macdonald had both legs amputated above the knees after a climbing accident. But by modifying or trying out new types of prosthetics, he was soon back on top of the world. This is his story:
Joshua Foreman, 14, was born profoundly deaf. He now has a cochlear implant fitted in each of his ears, and was one of the first people to have two implants fitted. The implants send electronic impulses of sound past his damaged auditory nerves to his brain, letting him hear again. Here is his story:
So who's next in line for a Johnson & Johnson buy-out?
A published report says the Justice Department and many hospitals are looking into financial arrangements between medical device manufacturers and surgeons who typically decide which device will be given to a patient.
Breast implant maker Inamed Corp. said Wednesday it received an approvable letter from the Food and Drug Administration, clearing a regulatory hurdle on its path to selling silicone implants in the United States.
As they prepare to make the jump to silicone, Mentor and Inamed have the American breast implant market all to themselves, but they could soon face competition from an industry legend unnoticed by many investors.
Most business capitals shout their names from the hilltops--literally, in the case of Hollywood. Everyone knows which industry dominates that town, and which ones rule Detroit and Houston. But how ...
The market dynamic for breast implants could swing dramatically over the next year, and it has a lot to do with a new implant with a consistency that's been compared to Gummy Bears.
Silicone gel-filled breast implants moved a step closer to the U.S. market after the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it has issued an "approvable" letter to Mentor Corp. for its implants.
Shortly after 7 a.m. Dr. Laman Gray stepped into the operating room at Jewish Hospital in Louisville to begin the most important procedure of his 30-year career as a cardiac surgeon. Outside, the c...
The breast implant industry could face a radical shift in coming months if the FDA follows a panel recommendation favoring one company's implant over its rival's.
Vice President Dick Cheney underwent tests at a hospital Saturday after experiencing shortness of breath, the White House said.
A British firm has announced plans to develop breast implants using a synthetic biomaterial which it claims will make them safer and feel more natural.
As Hilmar Janusson begins his weekly hike up a volcano in southwestern Iceland, he strides up a sloping, moss-covered hill for a while, then lifts and bends his right knee to hoist himself onto an ...
Doctors gave Vice President Dick Cheney a clean bill of health Tuesday at his annual heart checkup and found that his pacemaker had detected no irregular heartbeat, a spokesman said.
"I Have a Cast-Iron Stomach"
Medtronic's new CEO Art Collins has a tough act to follow. His predecessor, William George, transformed Medtronic from a simple pacemaker manufacturer into the world's largest diversified medical d...
Bill George cruises the long basement hallway between buildings at headquarters, and as he moves smartly from A to B, backs straighten, chins rise, and smiles appear within a 30-foot radius of his ...
She took it off only for the swimsuit segment of the competition. The rest of the time, she hid it under her formal gown, in a little holster attached to her thigh. Pistol-packin' mama? Nope--Miss ...
Way back in 1949, Earl Bakken, the co-founder of Medtronic, outlined his 100-year plan. His company then was nothing more than a hospital-equipment repair shop, and the notion of implanting electri...
Saying nice things about cardiac-care companies is easy. Their products keep you alive--can't beat that for a slogan. And they cater to well-off, well-fed, aging markets in North America and Wester...
Few media circuses surpass the one that swept through the University of Utah Medical Center in 1982 after it announced the implantation of the Jarvik-7 artificial heart in Barney Clark. Millions tu...
REMEMBER THOSE OLD NAUTIcal words of wisdom? Red sky at night, sailors' delight. Red sky at morning, sailors take warning. Well, it's nearly morning in 1996, and here's our warning. Forget about sm...
Last August I got the rare chance to spend three days inside a hospital, undercover as a consultant, following a surgeon on his rounds. The doctor set the ground rules: I was free to talk to anyone...
Watch Roger Charter, a double amputee, jog down a straightaway atop mechanical legs, and your mind reacts in stages. First, shock: This man, loping along, has metal and plastic where his legs and f...
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