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December 19, 2013 |
Lakewood resident Kathleen Rivas was introduced by the Keck School of Medicine of USC as the first patient to get an implanted responsive brain device that was recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat epilepsy. Rivas had the device surgically implanted this month. It detects and then directly responds to abnormal brain activity to prevent seizures.
December 10, 2013 |
PARIS -- The founder of a French company that produced substandard breast implants at the center of an international health scare was convicted of fraud Tuesday and sentenced to four years in jail. Jean-Claude Mas, 74, was found guilty of aggravated fraud by a court in the southern French city of Marseille. Mas' company, Poly Implant Prothèse, or PIP, sparked a global scandal after its implants, which contained non-authorized silicone meant for industrial use and not for humans, were found to run a higher-than-average risk of rupturing or leaking.
September 9, 2013 |
Listen up! Three scientists have won the 2013 Lasker Award for clinical research for pioneering work on cochlear implants that have given the profoundly deaf the ability to hear. The decades of groundbreaking research by Graeme M. Clark, Ingeborg Hochmair and Blake S. Wilson - often in spite of overwhelming technical challenges and disapproval from their scientific peers - drew high praise from experts. "These three scientists had the grit to pick 'impossible' projects and the courage to remain steadfast in the face of failure and criticism," Gerard O'Donoghue of the National Institute for Health Research in England wrote in an article for the New England Journal of Medicine.
August 7, 2013 |
Poor Ethan. The protagonist of "Implanted" is a young man (Justice Leak) coming out of experimental surgery with memory problems, emotional trauma and anger at the doctor-dad who appears to control his life. Ethan is also learning that … all is not as it seems. But in the regrettably amateurish hands of writer-director Thomas Verrette, Ethan's journey toward the truth feels more like watching someone wandering through one of those pharmaceutical commercials with a laundry list of side effects.
July 25, 2013 |
In courtrooms, on therapists' couches and across the kitchen table, we count on the trustworthiness of our memories. But brain scientists are increasingly demonstrating that our recollections don't exactly deserve the faith we put in them. They can be self-servingly Photoshopped, nudged off the mark by suggestion, and corrupted by being dragged out and rehashed. Just how flimsy are the foundations of memory? So flimsy that in a neuroscience lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, researchers were able to fabricate fearful memories and implant them in the brains of mice using a few electrical probes, some photo-sensitive chemicals and a miniature flashlight.
April 7, 2013 |
Russell Harvard plays the deaf brother in a dysfunctional family in "Tribes" at the Mark Taper Forum through April 14. The Austin, Texas-based actor, who won a Drama League Award for the role off-Broadway, will move with the production to the La Jolla Playhouse from June 25 through July 21. He spoke in his Taper dressing room. FULL COVERAGE: 2013 Spring arts preview Do you feel sympathetic to your character, who feels marginalized because he's deaf? I do, but not with my family.