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  • Is there a microchip implant in your future?

    08/30/2014 3:42:26 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 111 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/29/2014 | Fox News
    You can inject one under your skin and no one will ever notice. Using short-range radio frequency identification (RFID) signals, it can transmit your identity as you pass through a security checkpoint or walk into a football stadium. It can help you buy groceries at Wal-Mart. In a worst-case scenario – if you are kidnapped in a foreign country, for example – it could save your life. Microchip implants like the ones pet owners use to track their dogs and cats could become commonplace in humans in the next decade. Experts are divided on whether they’re appropriate for people, but...
  • Microchips Will Be Implanted Into Healthy People Sooner Than You Think

    08/18/2014 9:13:22 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 93 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 8AUG2014 | Dina Spector
    In March 2009, British researcher Mark Gasson had a chip injected under the skin of his hand. The chip, a slightly more advanced version of the tags used to track pets, turned Gasson into a walking swipe-card. With a wave of his wrist, he could open security doors at the University of Reading laboratory, where his experiment was being conducted, and he could unlock his cell phone just by cradling it.
  • Military Plans To Test Brain Implants To Fight Mental Disorders

    05/27/2014 7:28:34 AM PDT · by Theoria · 38 replies
    NPR ^ | 27 May 2014 | Jon Hamilton
    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, is launching a $26 million program to help military personnel with psychiatric disorders using electronic devices implanted in the brain. The goal of the five-year program is to develop new ways of treating problems including depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, all of which are common among service members who fought in Iraq or Afghanistan."We've seen far too many times where military personnel have neuropsychiatric disorders and there's very few options," says Justin Sanchez, a program manager at DARPA.DARPA is known for taking on big technological challenges, from missile defense to creating...
  • Dental Implant - Requesting Advice

    01/12/2014 8:59:01 AM PST · by gortklattu · 63 replies
    1/12/2014 | Gortklattu
    Groucho Marx once said that Abscess make the heart grow fonder, but now it means that I will be losing a troubled molar and am looking at getting an implant to replace the tooth. Have any of you had an implant? Do you have any Stories or Advice to pass on to your fellow freepers?
  • Woman Denies Causing Penis Injection Death

    12/13/2011 9:42:47 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 38 replies
    AP - Fox ^ | Dec. 13, 2011 | Anonymous
    Authorities say a New Jersey man who died after having his penis injected with silicone was trying to get it enlarged. The woman police say gave the injection, resulting in his death, has been charged with manslaughter. She made her first court appearance Tuesday. The Essex County prosecutor's office says 34-year-old Kasia Rivera gave 22-year-old Justin Street the injection in May. She has pleaded not guilty but remains in jail on $75,000 bail. Street died the day after his injection. His death was ruled a homicide following an investigation and a medical examiner's determination he died of a silicone embolism....
  • Paraplegic stands, takes first steps with Medtronic implant

    05/20/2011 5:43:05 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 9 replies
    WaPo ^ | 5-19-11 | WaPo
    After Rob Summers was struck by a hit-and-run driver in 2006 and left paralyzed from the chest down, he faced the grim prospect of spending the rest of his life in a wheelchair. And despite three years of intensive therapy, he showed no signs of improving. But after becoming the first patient to undergo an experimental treatment, he can now do something no one else in his condition has ever been able to do: stand up; move his hips, knees and ankles; wiggle his toes; and even take a few steps, Summers and his doctors announced Thursday. "This procedure has...
  • 'Cow valve' heart implant hailed as breakthrough

    04/03/2011 9:01:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/3/11 | Kerry Sheridan - AFP
    NEW ORLEANS (AFP) – A new type of heart valve made with cow tissue and inserted by catheter was hailed on Sunday as a major breakthrough that could eliminate the need for open heart surgery in some patients, US doctors said Sunday. The method is aimed at high-risk patients who suffer from severe aortic stenosis, a clogged valve that impedes the pathway of oxygen-rich blood by making the heart work harder to pump blood through a narrowing opening. The condition affects nine percent of Americans over 65. Without treatment, up to half of patients die within two years. The technique...
  • Video of the Day: Is Obama a Saudi/Muslim Plant?

    08/27/2010 9:12:20 AM PDT · by BornToBeAmerican · 33 replies · 1+ views
    impeachobamacampaign ^ | August 23, 2010
    Obama - The muslim
  • 'Urkel' Investigated for Allegedly Smacking Baby Mama

    07/08/2010 8:40:59 PM PDT · by tlb · 20 replies
    TMZ ^ | 7/8/2010 | Staff
    Sources familiar with the police report tell us ... the alleged victim claims White allegedly punched her in one of her breast implants while they were driving on Pacific Coast Highway two weeks ago, with an infant in the car. We're told, she claims when they got home White allegedly slapped her, and pushed her into a toilet so hard it broke the tank. Sources connected with White's baby mama, Bridget Hardy, tell TMZ Hardy is in fact the alleged victim. We're told she did not report any injuries. The alleged victim filed a report with the LAPD Tuesday. The...
  • UPDATE 1-VeriChip shares jump after H1N1 patent license win...

    09/24/2009 9:38:23 AM PDT · by TaraP · 27 replies · 1,311+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 23rd, 2009
    Sept 21 (Reuters) - Shares of VeriChip Corp (CHIP.O) tripled after the company said it had been granted an exclusive license to two patents, which will help it to develop implantable virus detection systems in humans. The patents, held by VeriChip partner Receptors LLC, relate to biosensors that can detect the H1N1 and other viruses, and biological threats such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, VeriChip said in a statement. The technology will combine with VeriChip's implantable radio frequency identification devices to develop virus triage detection systems. The triage system will provide multiple levels of identification -- the first will identify the...
  • RFID Tracks school kids in Tucson

    05/28/2006 5:15:09 PM PDT · by Tucson_AZ · 82 replies · 1,487+ views
    arizona daily [red] star ^ | 05.28.2006 | Jeff Commings
    "The district-wide program would start with kindergarten through fifth-grade students, Rowley said, because they are less likely to complain about wearing a tracking device. As the children get older, the program could work its way into middle and high schools. "By the time a kindergartner gets to sixth grade, they'll get used to it," Rowley said."
  • India to issue all 1.2 billion citizens with biometric ID cards

    07/15/2009 5:09:10 AM PDT · by F15Eagle · 53 replies · 1,783+ views
    Times Online ^ | 7/15/2009 | Rhys Blakely in Mumbai
    It is surely the biggest Big Brother project yet conceived. India is to issue each of its 1.2 billion citizens, millions of whom live in remote villages and possess no documentary proof of existence, with cyber-age biometric identity cards. The Government in Delhi recently created the Unique Identification Authority, a new state department charged with the task of assigning every living Indian an exclusive number. It will also be responsible for gathering and electronically storing their personal details, at a predicted cost of at least £3 billion. The task will be led by Nandan Nilekani, the outsourcing sage who coined...
  • Bill banning forced identity-chip implants clears House

    07/06/2009 4:46:00 PM PDT · by FromLori · 9 replies · 671+ views
    nvasion of privacy is an issue that really gets under State Rep. Babette Josephs' skin. That's why the Philadelphia Democrat introduced a bill, passed unanimously last week by the House, that would ban the forced implantation of computer chips in humans. Conjuring Orwellian images, Josephs worries the identification devices - the size of a grain of rice - could lead to a real-life Big Brother nightmare. "I'm doing, I think, what the legislature does too little of," she said. "This is a problem on the horizon, and I want to address it before it becomes a societal disgrace." Though the...
  • Will Your ID Soon Be a Microchip Under Your Skin?

    07/06/2009 6:49:21 AM PDT · by BGHater · 56 replies · 2,776+ views
    Singularity Hub ^ | 02 July 2009 | Drew Halley
    Yet another sci-fi milestone is upon us: microchips implanted under your skin and used to identify you. The VeriChip is the first radio-frequency identification (RFID) microchip that’s been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in humans. The chip is the size of a long grain of rice, and can be implanted pretty much anywhere in the body (most commonly along the tricep). Depending on how it’s used, the chip could do anything from telling doctors your medical background to buying you a round at the club.Outside of human bodies, RFID is already used for a wide range...
  • The cover charge at this club? An RFID implant

    06/30/2009 6:49:24 AM PDT · by BGHater · 15 replies · 755+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 29 June 2009 | Yahoo
    It works for Fido, so why not you?The same RFID implants used to identify lost pets are now being adapted for use on you and me, and not how one might have originally expected. As with all pioneering technologies, it's leisure pursuits that are getting the first stab at the tech.Specifically: One beach-oriented Barcelona nightclub, the Baja Beach Club, is using the implants to free customers of the burdens of having to carry their purses or wallets. Makes sense: When you're spending the day in a bikini and flip-flops, where do you keep your ID? Instead, the bouncer just scans...
  • Penile implant makers to demonstrate wares

    04/24/2009 7:43:13 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 45 replies · 1,718+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 4-23-09 | Christopher Snowbeck
    Penile implant manufacturers in the Twin Cities will be strutting their stuff at a doctors meeting in Chicago this weekend. Minnetonka-based American Medical Systems said Thursday that it will be introducing a new "concealable" penile prosthesis called Spectra during the annual meeting of the American Urological Association. The product is the latest in a series of surgical implants developed by AMS for men with severe cases of erectile dysfunction that aren't helped by other treatments such as drugs like Viagra. The Spectra is a "malleable" prosthesis that is surgically implanted in the penis to provide enough rigidity for sexual intercourse....
  • Scientists develop artificial heart that beats like the real thing

    10/28/2008 4:50:43 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 7 replies · 521+ views
    TimesOnline.com ^ | 10/28/08 | Adam Sage
    Scientists develop artificial heart that beats like the real thing Adam Sage in Paris An artificial heart that beats almost exactly like the real thing is to be implanted in patients within three years in a trial that may offer hope to heart disease sufferers unable to receive a transplant. The device, which uses electronic sensors to regulate the heart rate and blood flow, was developed by Alain Carpentier, France's leading cardiac surgeon, and engineers from the group that makes Airbus aircraft. Presented yesterday, it was described by its inventors as the closest thing yet to the human heart. “If...
  • Faulty jaw implant victims sue Health Canada

    09/17/2007 6:53:25 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 21 replies · 61+ views
    ctv.ca ^ | 09/17/07 | CTV.ca News Staff
    Health Canada is facing an unprecedented class-action lawsuit. An Ontario judge will allow a suit to proceed, that could involve more than 2,000 people affected by jaw implants that disintegrated in their bodies. It's the first-time such a lawsuit has been given the go-ahead against the federal department. The suit alleges that Health Canada approved the Vitek TMJ implants but failed to warn doctors and patients of potential consequences and risks. Alleged victims of the implants had them inserted because of muscular pain where the jaw bone meets the skull. But some of the implants -- some inserted as long...
  • VeriChip Shares Gain on Florida Program[Alzheimer's patients]

    05/22/2007 10:53:21 AM PDT · by BGHater · 2 replies · 533+ views
    AP ^ | 18 May 2007 | DAMIAN J. TROISE
    Shares of VeriChip Corp., which makes implantable locating and identification devices, soared Friday on reports the company's VeriMed identification chip will be used for consenting Alzheimer's patients at a Florida adult care facility. The stock gained $1.17, or 27 percent, to reach $5.50 in afternoon trading. Shares have traded between $4.27 and $6.99 over the last 52 weeks. The VeriMed chip, approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2004, is only part of the company's business. Revenue mainly comes from what are called active radio frequency identification devices, such as bracelets placed on both mother and newborn child while...
  • Trials for 'bionic' eye implants

    02/16/2007 4:41:50 PM PST · by PlanoMike · 4 replies · 386+ views
    BBC News ^ | Friday, 16 February 2007 | Jonathan Fildes
    A bionic eye implant that could help restore the sight of millions of blind people could be available to patients within two years. US researchers have been given the go-ahead to implant the prototype device in 50 to 75 patients. The Argus II system uses a spectacle-mounted camera to feed visual information to electrodes in the eye. Patients who tested less-advanced versions of the retinal implant were able to see light, shapes and movement. "What we are trying to do is take real-time images from a camera and convert them into tiny electrical pulses that would jump-start the otherwise blind...
  • 'Bionic' eye implants look ahead

    02/16/2007 3:23:11 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 48 replies · 2,913+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, February 16, 2007 | Jonathan Fildes
    A bionic eye implant that could help restore the sight of millions of blind people could be available to patients within two years. US researchers have been given the go-ahead to implant the prototype device in 50 to 75 patients. The Argus II system uses a spectacle-mounted camera to feed visual information to electrodes in the eye. Patients who tested less-advanced versions of the retinal implant were able to see light, shapes and movement. "What we are trying to do is take real-time images from a camera and convert them into tiny electrical pulses that would jump-start the otherwise...
  • Man With Faulty Penile Implant Gets $400K

    06/29/2006 1:28:43 PM PDT · by NRA1995 · 19 replies · 644+ views
    AP | 6/27/06 | RAY HENRY
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. // A former handyman has won more than $400,000 in a lawsuit over a penile implant that gave him a 10-year erection. Charles "Chick" Lennon, 68, received the steel and plastic implant in 1996, about two years before Viagra went on the market. The Dura-II is designed to allow impotent men to position the penis upward for sex, then lower it. But Lennon could not position his penis downward. He said he could no longer hug people, ride a bike, swim or wear bathing trunks because of the pain and embarrassment. He has become a recluse and is...
  • Australia: TGA's stolen body part alert (stolen from funeral homes in NY)

    06/21/2006 9:09:43 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 379+ views
    SMH ^ | 06/22/06
    TGA's stolen body part alert June 22, 2006 - 12:28PM Australia's drug regulator has warned health departments and selected doctors that Australians might have been implanted with a medical product made from stolen human body parts. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) released a statement today, saying the skin graft product AlloDerm had been the subject of an international recall. It follows reports in Fairfax newspapers that 46 Australians had been implanted with the product, which contained parts stolen from funeral homes in New York. The bones, ligaments and skin - many of them aged and, due to the potential for...
  • Couple's implant chips take love to a new level

    02/18/2006 12:22:44 AM PST · by vrwc0915 · 7 replies · 261+ views
    Couple's implant chips take love to a new level Updated Thu. Feb. 16 2006 1:59 PM ET CTV.ca News Staff Grand gestures of love take many forms on Valentine's Day -- flowers, chocolate, romantic dinners -- but a tech-savvy couple has taken it to a new level. Jennifer Tomblin and Amal Graafstra have made the most modern declaration of their affection for each other, with implanted electronic chips that allow them unfettered access to each other's lives. It's called Radio Frequency Identification, or RFID. Both have had a small electronic chip embedded under their skin that grants access to each...
  • Identity Tags Implanted Under Workers' Skin

    02/14/2006 12:24:05 AM PST · by Turbopilot · 38 replies · 921+ views
    AP via MSNBC.com ^ | 2-13-2006 | Associated Press
    CINCINNATI - Tiny silicon chips were embedded into two workers who volunteered to help test the tagging technology at a surveillance equipment company, an official said Monday. --snip-- Darks said the implants don't enable CityWatcher.com to track employees' movements. "It's a passive chip. It emits no signal whatsoever," Darks said. "It's the same thing as a keycard." --snip-- The company is experimenting with the chips to identify workers with access to vaults where data and images are kept for police departments, he said.
  • FDA approves implant for spinal pain

    11/22/2005 9:02:50 PM PST · by neverdem · 33 replies · 2,001+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | November 22, 2005 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON -- People who suffer from a spinal problem that can cause back and leg pain have an alternative to difficult surgery with a newly approved device that requires a much less invasive procedure to implant. The Food and Drug Administration authorized use of the "X-stop" - a thumb of titanium on a mount that fits to a vertebra in the lower back - to reduces pain from lumbar spinal stenosis. The FDA's approval was announced Tuesday by the St. Mary's Spine Center in San Francisco, which developed the device. The condition is the most common cause of back surgery...
  • Chip Implant Medicine: Blessing or Curse?

    10/21/2005 6:28:25 PM PDT · by F15Eagle · 16 replies · 469+ views
    Oracle Commentaries ^ | 10/20/2005 | Hal Lindsey
    According to WebMD, which was reported on CNN this week, "The chip is about the size of a grain of rice and contains a 16-digit verification number that is picked up by a scanner that emits a small amount of radio frequency that activates the chip and transmits the number back to the scanner. A similar implantable microchipping system has been used in pets and livestock for identification purposes. VeriChip is recommended for insertion in the triceps, between the elbow and the shoulder of the right arm. The chip is inserted in a brief outpatient procedure using a local anesthetic."...
  • Coming soon: the mp3 breast implant

    10/13/2005 3:35:18 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 59 replies · 7,677+ views
    the register ^ | 10-13-05 | Lester Haines
    Here's an appealing thought: an mp3 breast implant which will allow surgically-enhanced girls to store and play back their entire music collections from their 36DD assets. We kid you not. According to UK tabloid the Sun - ever watchful for life-enhancing technology, especially when it's got a big jubs angle - BT Laboratories bod Ian Pearson reckons breast implants may as well do something useful if they're to be permanently installed, rather than just looking decorative. Accordingly, he's proposed sticking an mp3 player in one dug, and a storage chip in the other. Quite how playback is achieved we're not...
  • Implant May Save Vision, Lives

    09/19/2005 10:26:10 PM PDT · by Coleus · 308+ views
    WNBC ^ | 09.19.05
    Implant May Save Vision, Lives People with eye cancer face the prospect of losing their eyesight and even their lives. But a new procedure could keep them alive and their vision intact. Bill Grieb, a husband of 37 years and a grandfather of six, first noticed something wrong with his vision on the golf course. The avid golfer suddenly couldn't focus on the ball. "It looked like when someone would take a flash photo of you," said Grieb. "It was the bright flash in your eye. … And I thought it was the reflection of the sun off my glasses."...
  • 'Health Chips' (RFID) Could Help Patients in US

    08/06/2005 11:30:36 AM PDT · by Haru Hara Haruko · 11 replies · 281+ views
    RedNova ^ | Jul. 31, 2005
    --President Bush's former health secretary Tommy Thompson is putting the final touches to a plan that could result in US citizens having a radio frequency identification (RFID) chip inserted under their skin, The Business has learned. The RFID capsules would be linked to a computerised database being created by the US Department of Health to store and manage the nation's health records. It could be the precursor to a similar scheme in the UK. The president's budget for 2006 continues to support the use of health information technology by increasing funding to $125m (�70m, E103m) for pilot schemes.
  • New Tech Plugs Human Brain into Desktop PC

    03/22/2005 10:03:22 PM PST · by Selkie · 7 replies · 557+ views
    March 21, 2005 10:02AM "We can take someone's thought and put it on a screen," says Tim Surgenor, chief executive of Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems, manufacturer of the device, which is called BrainGate Neural Interface System. A Foxborough, Mass., company has developed technology that plugs a human brain into a desktop computer, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems has developed BrainGate, a product aimed at enabling quadriplegics to do things like surf the Web, write e-mails, play video games and operate TV remotes and telephones just by thinking. "We can take someone's thought and put it on a screen," said...
  • New technology uses human body for broadband networking

    03/21/2005 3:37:19 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 49 replies · 1,411+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | March 20th, 2005 | Paul Rubens
    By sending data over the surface of the skin, it may soon be possible to trade music files by dancing cheek to cheek, or to swap phone numbers by kissing. Your body could soon be the backbone of a broadband personal data network linking your mobile phone or MP3 player to a cordless headset, your digital camera to a PC or printer, and all the gadgets you carry around to each other. These personal area networks are already possible using radio-based technologies, such as Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, or just plain old cables to connect devices. But NTT, the Japanese communications...
  • What the FDA Won’t Tell You about the VeriChip

    12/10/2004 8:39:55 AM PST · by missyme · 40 replies · 1,382+ views
    CBN News ^ | Dec 10th, 2004 | Dale Hurd
    A little electronic capsule, smaller than a dime, could be one of the biggest technological advances in how we share and store private medical records. It may also be one of the most controversial. Known as the VeriChip, it is a microchip that is implanted under a person's skin, and then scanned with a special reader device to reveal important medical data about that person. Applied Digital, the Florida-based company that makes the VeriChip, hopes the implant will revolutionize how doctors obtain medical information, particularly in emergency situations. Theoretically, if a person can't speak, medics could scan that person...
  • UFOs, implants and aliens

    05/15/2004 3:59:05 AM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 31 replies · 3,445+ views
    The London Free Press ^ | Friday, May 14, 2004 | Ian Gillespie
    Something happened to Richard Cote. And now, almost 11 years later, he wants to tell the world. And whether you believe Cote's story or not, one thing is clear: He's not alone. Reports indicate thousands of people have told authorities they were abducted by aliens. Last year, BBC News reported four million Americans believe it has happened to them. Amazon.com sells a book titled How To Defend Yourself Against Alien Abduction. Type the words "alien abduction" into the Google search engine and you'll be rewarded with more than 85,000 hits -- including a service that offers Christian counselling to people...
  • The Digital Angel Implant (From a SSPX Catholic POV)

    05/02/2004 6:32:41 PM PDT · by Aliska · 26 replies · 849+ views
    Catholic Family News ^ | August 2001 | John Vennari
    The Digital Angel Implant Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts by John Vennari, editor of Catholic Family News On October 30, 2000, Applied Digital Solutions Inc., [ADS] successfully unveiled in New York a prototype of the Digital Angel; a microchip designed to be implanted under the skin, capable of tracking the location and vital signs of humans anywhere on the globe. During the invitation-only demonstration, the temperature of a man about 50 miles from Manhattan was monitored before a large crowd of analysts, journalists and potential investors. On June 8, 2001, ADS announced that it has begun its first production run...
  • No Chip in Arm, No Shot From Gun

    04/16/2004 5:18:11 PM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 58 replies · 682+ views
    AP via Wired News ^ | Wednesday, April 14, 2004 | Associated Press
    <p>PALM BEACH, Florida -- A new computer chip promises to keep police guns from firing if they fall into the wrong hands.</p> <p>The tiny chip would be implanted in a police officer's hand and would match up with a scanning device inside a handgun. If the officer and gun match, a digital signal unlocks the trigger so it can be fired. But if a child or criminal would get hold of the gun, it would be useless.</p>
  • FDA Approves Human Brain Implant Devices

    04/14/2004 5:40:59 AM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 29 replies · 456+ views
    AP ^ | Tuesday, April 13, 2004 | By JUSTIN POPE
    BOSTON (AP) - For years, futurists have dreamed of machines that can read minds, then act on instructions as they are thought. Now, human trials are set to begin on a brain-computer interface involving implants. Cyberkinetics Inc. of Foxboro, Mass., has received Food and Drug Administration approval to begin a clinical trial in which four-square-millimeter chips will be placed beneath the skulls of paralyzed patients. If successful, the chips could allow patients to command a computer to act - merely by thinking about the instructions they wish to send. It's a small, early step in a mission to improve the...
  • DMVs Pushing for Standard License (Federal Alert)

    01/30/2004 4:20:50 PM PST · by vannrox · 16 replies · 323+ views
    Wired News ^ | 02:00 AM Feb. 15, 2002 PT | Declan McCullagh
    <p>WASHINGTON -- Your driver's license soon may become a lot smarter, and a lot more worrisome.</p> <p>State motor vehicle agencies want Congress to standardize the license, share more driver data between states and mandate techniques such as biometrics to "uniquely identify" each of America's 228 million drivers.</p>
  • Chips 'n Dips: One possible future of computer chip implant technology

    12/01/2003 12:26:20 PM PST · by RightWingReader · 5 replies · 256+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 12-1-03 | Doug Powers
    Computer chips implanted under the skin are on the cusp of becoming mainstream, but the new technology presents us with more questions than answers. Will it render extinct the need to physically carry documents such as personal identification, medical information and credit cards? Will its intended purpose be to track us like an OnStar system for humans, or will it end up just plain not working at all – thanks to the "Moe & Curly" effect of government intervention? More than likely, the chips will malfunction often – twice as much if the government gets involved and tries to make...
  • The Implant Axis - Silicone breast implants (SBIs) are back.

    10/21/2003 8:12:43 AM PDT · by bedolido · 27 replies · 374+ views
    CATO Institute ^ | 10/20/03 | Steven Milloy
    Silicone breast implants (SBIs) are back. A Food and Drug Administration committee recommended last week that the implants be available to women who want them. The real story, though, may be the stealthy efforts of some personal injury lawyers to prevent FDA approval. Based on new evidence of connections between activists and lawyers, it appears that the lawyers might be surreptitiously using anti-SBI activists to scare the FDA and public about SBIs. The SBI controversy is the poster child of 1990s junk-science fueled tort litigation. That decade saw personal injury lawyers generate about 170,000 plaintiffs, now in the final stages...
  • Breast Implants Linked to Suicides (3 times more likely)

    09/19/2003 6:41:08 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies · 511+ views
    WebMD ^ | 09/15/03 | Sid Kirchheimer
    Breast Implants Linked to Suicides Increased Suicide Risk Shown Among Women Who Get Breast Implants By Sid Kirchheimer WebMD Medical News Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario, MD on Monday, September 15, 2003 Sept. 12, 2003 (Philadelphia) -- A second study in only seven months shows that women who get breast implants commit suicide three times more often than women who don't - but at least one expert cautions that the findings could be misleading. Both of these studies, done in Europe and together involving nearly 6,000 women who had the popular cosmetic surgery, follow a 2001 report on American women suggesting...
  • Lawyer wants to know if state paid for rapist's penile implant WHAAAAAT?????

    10/16/2002 6:44:32 AM PDT · by SheLion · 13 replies · 305+ views
    Boston.com ^ | 16 October 2002
    <p>AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) A lawyer is trying to find out whether the state paid for a convicted rapist to receive a penile implant the last time he was imprisoned on sexual assault charges.</p> <p>M. Michaela Murphy said information from the investigation into the assault on her client led her to believe Michael Edward Commeau received the implant, a device that allows men with erectile dysfunction to have an erection.</p>
  • Newscaster sits down - and is paralysed

    07/18/2002 6:17:47 PM PDT · by vannrox · 2 replies · 767+ views
    The Straits Times ^ | July 19, 2002 | Editorial Staff
    Newscaster sits down - and is paralysed Ras Adiba Radzi, who injured her spine in a car accident in 1995, hears a crack in her spine as she tries to sit downKUALA LUMPUR - Popular Malaysian television newscaster Ras Adiba Radzi became paralysed from the waist down after she hurt her spine while trying to sit down at home last week. Her spine was damaged seven years ago in a road accident and has been propped up with titanium implants. Doctors told her that she should go for surgery to repair her spine urgently to enable her to walk again....
  • Put your mobile where your mouth is (Mobile phone implanted in tooth)

    06/20/2002 9:04:02 AM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 24 replies · 232+ views
    BBC News Online ^ | Thursday, 20 June, 2002, 11:44 GMT 12:44 UK | BBC News
    Soon you could be swapping your mobile phone for a molar phone. Royal College of Art students in London have developed a phone that fits inside a tooth. The concept device picks up signals with a radio receiver and uses a tiny vibrating plate to convey them as sound along the jawbone to a person's ear. The designers said the mini-molar phone could be implanted in a tooth during routine dental surgery. The prototype phone is the work of graduates James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau and forms part of the Royal College of Art's annual summer exhibition. Known as The...