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Why Oscar Pistorius deserves to runupdated: Mon Aug 29 2011 05:25:00

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.

Cat amputee fitted with 'bionic' feetupdated: Thu Jul 08 2010 09:00:00

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.

Scientists work to keep hackers out of implanted medical devicesupdated: Fri Apr 16 2010 11:47:00

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.

Coworkers willing to save livesupdated: Wed Dec 30 2009 09:34:00

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 artificial hand that feelsupdated: Thu Nov 12 2009 11:22:00

The SmartHand project has produced a prototype motorized prosthetic hand that researchers say gives unprecedented sensory feedback.

The artificial hand that can 'feel'updated: Thu Nov 12 2009 11:22:00

Researchers are working on a breakthrough in artificial limb technology -- a prosthetic hand that can actually feel.

How long will a heart stent last?updated: Wed Sep 02 2009 10:56:00

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.

Study: Headphones could interfere with pacemakersupdated: Mon Aug 10 2009 14:41:00

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.

Living in the now: Cancer survivor finds her purpose in lifeupdated: Tue Jul 21 2009 12:28:00

Who knew that fighting breast cancer for the third time in seven years would reveal my purpose in life.

A cancer survivor's video diaryupdated: Tue Jul 21 2009 12:28:00

Dawn Spencer shares her experiences with cancer.

Miracle children survive against the oddsupdated: Mon Dec 29 2008 11:03:00

A baby who never uttered a word touched the hearts of nearly a million people.

'How do I say no' to the limbless?updated: Thu Nov 20 2008 06:15:00

"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.

CNN Hero: David Puckettupdated: Thu Nov 20 2008 06:15:00

David Puckett's PIPO Missions brings prosthetic and orthotic care to people of southeastern Mexico -- free of charge.

French scientist unveils artificial heartupdated: Thu Oct 30 2008 11:39:00

French scientists have unveiled a working prototype of a fully artificial heart which is based on the technology of satellites and airplanes.

Time.com: French Try Plane Technology in Artificial Heartupdated: Wed Oct 29 2008 18:15:00

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

'Blade Runner' keeps Olympic hope aliveupdated: Thu Jul 17 2008 07:14:00

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.

'Blade runner' Olympic readyupdated: Thu Jul 17 2008 07:14:00

Double amputee Oscar Pistorius can run in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. CNN's Robyn Curnow reports.

Humpback whales help pioneer new heart treatmentupdated: Wed Jul 09 2008 08:12:00

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.

Time.com: Wireless Disrupts Hospital Devicesupdated: Tue Jun 24 2008 20:05:00

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

CNN Heroes: Jill Levineupdated: Thu Jun 12 2008 17:42:00

Jill Levine has helped put more than 100 defibrillators on sports fields since her son died at baseball practice.

'How could his heart just stop?'updated: Thu Jun 12 2008 17:42:00

"This is a healthy 9-year-old boy. How in the world could his heart just stop?"

'Blade Runner' wins Olympic appealupdated: Mon May 19 2008 12:14:00

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.

Time.com: FDA: Insulin Pumps Linked to Injuries, Deathsupdated: Mon May 05 2008 20:00:00

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

Cardiac-arrest victims' parents push for school defibrillatorsupdated: Tue Mar 04 2008 16:46:00

Joshua Miller trotted off the football field after making a special-teams play and headed to the bench.

'Blade runner' loses Beijing hopesupdated: Tue Jan 29 2008 03:15:00

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.

Double amputee walks again due to Bluetoothupdated: Fri Jan 25 2008 20:35:00

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.

Bluetooth helps amputeeupdated: Fri Jan 25 2008 20:35:00

Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua Bleill tells CNN's Barbara Starr how Bluetooth technology is helping him walk again.

'Blade Runner' Games ruling delayupdated: Thu Jan 10 2008 12:35:00

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.

SI.com: Lara Boyko: Close callupdated: Wed Dec 12 2007 17:42:00

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

SI.com: Lara Boyko: Close callupdated: Fri Dec 07 2007 16:25:00

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

Time.com: A Decade of De-miningupdated: Tue Dec 04 2007 06:05:00

Ten years after a global pact to outlaw land mines, Afghanistan has seen genuine progress

CNNMoney: Medical devices put to legal testupdated: Mon Dec 03 2007 10:02:00

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 stressupdated: Mon Nov 19 2007 17:12:00

Holiday family gatherings can often be overshadowed by tension. CNN's Judy Fortin reports.

CNNMoney: Heart devices zapped by patient studiesupdated: Tue Nov 06 2007 20:51:00

The cause of implantable heart defibrillators took a hit Tuesday when researchers reported the results of two studies that failed to reach their objectives.

Time.com: Cell Phones in Hospitals: Bad Rx updated: Thu Sep 06 2007 08:00:00

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

Time.com: Study Questions School Defibrillatorsupdated: Tue Aug 28 2007 11:00:00

A nationwide push to put portable defibrillators in every school may not be worth the cost, a new study concludes

New prosthetic may help dolphin, troopsupdated: Tue Aug 28 2007 00:18:00

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.

CNNMoney: Medtronic fails to impressupdated: Tue Aug 21 2007 06:44:00

Medtronic Inc. on Tuesday reported healthy gains in sales and earnings but analysts were disappointed by revenue growth.

Cheney's procedure successfulupdated: Sat Jul 28 2007 22:02:00

Cheney's procedure successful

CNNMoney: Can Medtronic's new spinal discs stand up to FDA scrutiny?updated: Tue Jul 10 2007 01:14:00

The first-ever spinal replacement disc for the neck could hit the U.S. market as soon as this month.

CNNMoney: Breast implant stocks surgeupdated: Mon Nov 20 2006 16:11:00

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.

CNNMoney: Silicone implants are backupdated: Fri Nov 17 2006 16:43:00

FDA approved silicone implants Friday, ending America's 14-year hiatus.

FSB: Battle of the business plansupdated: Fri Oct 27 2006 16:18:00

Startups operating on the cutting edge dominated FSB\'s fourth annual student business plan contest. Meet the winners and runners-up.

FSB: A Running Startupdated: Tue Oct 24 2006 09:31:00

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...

Fortune: The (second) worst deal everupdated: Thu Oct 05 2006 06:27:00

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...

CNNMoney: Abiomed's artificial heart to get slow startupdated: Thu Sep 14 2006 15:31:00

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.

CNNMoney: First artificial heart for critically ill approvedupdated: Tue Sep 05 2006 14:00:00

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.

CNNMoney: Silicone breast implants may soon be backupdated: Wed Aug 16 2006 09:06:00

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.

Science seeks brawn as well as brainsupdated: Wed Aug 16 2006 08:29:00

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.

Business 2.0: Medical devices cure VCs' biotech bluesupdated: Fri May 12 2006 11:03:00

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.

Cybernetics: Merging machine and manupdated: Mon Apr 10 2006 09:33:00

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.

CNNMoney: FDA eyes help with defibrillators?updated: Fri Apr 07 2006 08:23:00

The Food and Drug Administration is recruiting outside help to monitor the safety of defibrillators for the first time, according to a news report.

FSB: Makeover my business: How to expandupdated: Wed Feb 22 2006 09:23:00

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, ...

CNNMoney: Will J&J sing "Hey, St. Jude"?updated: Wed Jan 25 2006 12:16:00

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.

CNNMoney: Guidant goes with Boston Scientificupdated: Wed Jan 25 2006 07:01:00

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.

CNNMoney: J&J has seen the future, and it is Guidantupdated: Mon Jan 23 2006 13:17:00

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.

CNNMoney: Why the battle for troubled Guidant?updated: Tue Jan 17 2006 11:28:00

Is Guidant worth all this fuss?

CNNMoney: Guidant says Boston bid superiorupdated: Tue Jan 17 2006 08:17:00

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.

CNNMoney: The little pacemaker company that couldupdated: Tue Dec 27 2005 12:38:00

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.

CNNMoney: Report: More deaths linked to Guidantupdated: Wed Dec 14 2005 07:21:00

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.

'Prosthetics helped me beat Kilimanjaro'updated: Tue Dec 13 2005 05:53:00

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:

'Ear implants restored my hearing'updated: Wed Nov 23 2005 07:00:00

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:

CNNMoney: Who's the next target for a J&J buyout?updated: Fri Nov 04 2005 13:30:00

So who's next in line for a Johnson & Johnson buy-out?

CNNMoney: Doctors linked to device makersupdated: Thu Sep 22 2005 06:57:00

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.

CNNMoney: Inamed gets silicone implant green lightupdated: Wed Sep 21 2005 08:17:00

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.

CNNMoney: Breast implant competition heats upupdated: Tue Sep 20 2005 12:41:00

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.

FSB: Helicopters, Guns, Cardiac Devices, Weight-loss Centers, And More. FSB Maps The Secret Capitals of Small Business.updated: Thu Sep 01 2005 00:01:00

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 ...

CNNMoney: A better breast implantupdated: Thu Aug 25 2005 12:33:00

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.

FDA moves toward silicone implant OKupdated: Thu Jul 28 2005 21:09:00

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.

FSB: Is this the future of cardiac care?updated: Sun May 01 2005 00:01:00

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...

CNNMoney: Who wins if FDA ok's silicone implantsupdated: Thu Apr 14 2005 12:18:00

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.

Cheney leaves hospital after tests on heartupdated: Sat Nov 13 2004 13:54:00

Vice President Dick Cheney underwent tests at a hospital Saturday after experiencing shortness of breath, the White House said.

New breast implant set for trialsupdated: Fri Oct 29 2004 08:27:00

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.

Business 2.0: The New Bionic Man Ossur revolutionized the business of building prosthetic legs, making amputees better, stronger, faster--and updated: Sun Aug 01 2004 00:01:00

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 ...

Checkup shows Cheney's health 'very good'updated: Tue May 11 2004 13:38:00

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.

Fortune: Special: CEOs On Innovationupdated: Mon Mar 08 2004 00:01:00

"I Have a Cast-Iron Stomach"

Money Magazine: Best Left TO Its Own Devices Medtronic, the No. 1 name in medical gadgetry, is as reliable as one of its pacemakers.updated: Sun Sep 01 2002 00:01:00

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...

Fortune: A Human Place To Work A company can't be everything to all people, but it can try. Here's the tale of Medtronic's effort.updated: Mon Jan 08 2001 00:01:00

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 ...

Fortune: Style And Substance: Why Design Matters Many small-business owners believe they can't afford good product updated: Mon Nov 22 1999 00:01:00

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 ...

Fortune: How Smart Is Medtronic Really? "The Microsoft of medical devices" is what Wall Street calls the pacemaker king, which also makesupdated: Mon Oct 25 1999 00:01:00

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...

Money Magazine: You Gotta Have Heart Cardiac-care stocks are recessionproof but volatile.updated: Sun Nov 01 1998 00:01:00

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...

Fortune: NEW HOPE FOR THE HEART EARLY ARTIFICIAL HEARTS HURT THE PATIENTS THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO SAVE. THE FOLLOWING STORY REVEALS HOW A Nupdated: Mon Jun 24 1996 00:01:00

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...

Money Magazine: STEADY STOCKS TO ANCHOR YOUR PORTFOLIO LET THE MARKET DO ITS WORST: THESE NINE STALWARTS CAN RETURN UP TO 28% NEXT Yupdated: Wed Dec 06 1995 00:01:00

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...

Money Magazine: UNDERCOVER IN A HOSPITALupdated: Thu Dec 01 1994 00:01:00

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...

Fortune: PROFITS FROM PROSTHESESupdated: Mon Sep 26 1988 00:01:00

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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