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JanineLove   7/30/2014 1:38:15 PM
Thanks @gleopold, I really enjoyed this article. I saw a piece on PBS a few months ago where some military surgeons were working to get robotic limbs to be stimlulated from the brain with brain implants. There is some fascinating work going on in medical technology, and it is good to sometimes get the detailed story of the people affected by the technology.

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chrisnfolsom   6/29/2014 4:16:58 AM
Is the pain the only "problem", or is it syptomatic of more damage that might be happening?  If it's just pain of course that would be great - of course not using the opiates is really nice, but I also have to wonder about loosing an important feedback loop in a system, and not abuse this as a panacea.  From the sound of it in this specific (and I am sure many other) soldiers story this is a very important tool to increasing the quality of life for many people.  On a personal note - would this be useful in joint and other pain?

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DrQuine   6/25/2014 6:37:41 PM
This is a dramatic illustration of the fact that incremental treatments often lead to an unsatisfactory endpoint. It is important to look at the total medical situation to implement a comprehensive solution. Once the pain cycle is effectively managed, the possibility of functional improvement can be realized. The improvement in quality of life is obvious ... and there are also savings in lifetime medical costs.

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gleopold   6/23/2014 9:10:17 AM
Justin Minyard also serves as national spokesperson for www.RaceAgainstPain.com where he is performing yeoman's work highlighting the issues faced by vets who have returned from war to cope with a lifetime of chronic pain. One of the group's motto's is an insight attributed to Confucius: "It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop."

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Sheetal.Pandey   6/23/2014 1:37:49 AM
Spinal pain is very terrible. At young age many men and women do ignore it but after a certain age its just so difficult. This is an inspiring story for both medical and technology. I think the soldiers all over the world wold benfit from this.

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rick merritt   6/22/2014 10:16:29 AM
@zeeglen: Here's a link to an earlier story about brain implants:


We've done a couple on Medtronic's work in this area too:




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rick merritt   6/22/2014 10:13:53 AM
I kinow a whole field of implanted stimulators are on the rise at BosSci, Medronic and elsewhere. Thanks for telling a powerful human story behind them.

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zeeglen   6/20/2014 10:01:19 PM
Yes, a very inspirational story.  Would be interesting to see some articles on EE Times about the technology behind this type of of pain management.

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Susan Rambo   6/20/2014 2:23:07 PM
@Warren3, I completely agree. This is a good read: Engineers at Boston Scientific -- and all engineers --  should feel proud they're doing such good things for people in need. I hope this tech is available to all vets, and anyone for that matter.

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Warren3   6/20/2014 12:27:00 PM
Amongst the difficulties presented by war, and the role technology plays there, this article was good for me to see; positive perseverance by the soldier/airman/marine and an[other] example of technology improving life.

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