Implanted Smart Chips Could Ease Chronic Pain

By JDavis | 12/17/10 7:33 AM

An article on Engadget describes the recent work by Australian researchers at the National ICT Australia which uses "smart" chips to measure and respond to neurological activity in the spine. These chips, part of a system that can also provide electrical pulses that prevent pain signals from reaching the brain, could provide relief to people suffering from chronic pain conditions. The implanted system is expected to enter the human trials phase sometime next year.

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New Medical Devices Require New Approaches to Device Security

By JDavis | 11/18/10 9:45 AM

As the use of implanted medical devices--including pacemakers, cardiac defibrillators and insulin pumps--continues to increase, the technologies driving them are becoming significantly more advanced. Today, many of these medical devices are using forms of wireless connectivity for communications, making these life-saving devices easier and more convenient for patients and their doctors--but also potentially putting them at risk of being hacked. These security and privacy concerns are driving security experts to explore a range of new options for protecting these critical devices and the patients that depend on them.

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