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Recall — 500,000 Internet-controlled pacemakers over safety fears

Nearly 500,000 pacemakers have been recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) due to fears that their lax cybersecurity could be hacked to run the batteries down or even alter the patient’s heartbeat, resulting in death.

Pacemakers and other medical equipment vulnerable to hacking

We now live in a world where our very lives are tied into the technology we have created. From banking to defense systems, governments and medicine, every aspect of our lives are subject to software glitches and hacking, including pacemakers.

New generation of pacemakers in development

The new type of pacemaker involves direct reprogramming of cardiac muscle cells into pacemaker cells. Studies have shown that this gives pig hearts back their rhythm.

Wireless charger could charge implants

Stamford - New technology could enable tiny electronics to be charged from a distance, perhaps powering devices deeply embedded within tissue, like pacemakers, to be re-charged.

Hacker set to speak at conference found dead

San Francisco - A hacker scheduled to speak at the recent Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas was mysteriously found dead in his apartment just days before the event was scheduled to take place. His death has prompted some speculation over what happened.

According To Doctors, Headphones Can Mess With Pacemakers & Defibrillators

It has been revealed that wearing headphones could affect heart devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators if they are held very close to each other.

iPods: A double-edged sword for those with pacemakers

What an irony! Back on March 27, 1007, Sibananda posted an article reporting that instead of using stethoscopes to recognize heart problems, doctors have found that using an Ipod gives up to 80% accuracy as opposed to the 40% offered by a stethoscope.....
 

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This image shows two different kinds of devices used for the remote monitoring of pacemaker patients...
This image shows two different kinds of devices used for the remote monitoring of pacemaker patients. The one on the left, the gray device, is the more advanced device that actually communicates with the pacemaker through the peripherial that is placed over the pacemaker in the patient's chest. The device on the right is an older version of remote monitoring device. It requires the use of a telephone handset.
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