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Monday, June 27, 2005

Will the REAL $6 Million Man Please Stand Up

Here is a REALLY GREAT story about advancements in Medical Technology.

Some of you may not be old enough to remember the TV Show The 6 Millian Dollar Man, about an Air Force Pilot who crashed and the Government "Rebuilt" him, giving him Bionic powers - Sight, Strength, Speed. The show spawned The Bionic Woman. Great Science Fiction at the time.

Well, it appears that Science Fiction has finally made way for Science Fact. From the Research Institute of Chicago (www.ric.org) comes the story of a man that injured himself while wokin as an electrician. He lost both arms and now, with the help of bionic devices, is able to control movement just by "thinking" about it. What an advancement. What possibilities. The news looks promising.

Bionic Man Moves Artificial Arm With Brain

Breakthrough Could Change Lives Of Amputees, Patients With Spinal Cord Injuries

POSTED: 12:55 pm EDT June 23, 2005
UPDATED: 4:07 pm EDT June 23, 2005

CHICAGO -- Researchers have developed artificial arms that can be moved as it if they were real limbs, simply by thinking about making them move, according to Local 6 News.

When Jesse Sullivan's brain tells his arm to do something, it's done in seconds.
The world's first bionic man, Jesse Sullivan, 54, accidentally touched live wires while working as a utility lineman in Tennessee. He suffered severe burns, causing him to lose his arms.

Complete story here.
Pictures here.

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