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The Best and Worst Birth Control Methods

Don't rely on spermicide: 24/7 Wall St.

(Newser) - The pill is the most common form of birth control in the US—but it's far from the most effective. With a 9% failure rate, the pill finds itself at the No. 6 spot on 24/7 Wall St. 's list of the most effective methods, based on CDC... More »

Retinal Implant Restores Partial Vision to Blind

Microchip under retina senses light, sends signals to brain

(Newser) - Scientists in Germany have used an implant to restore at least partial eyesight to three patients with a disease that causes degenerative blindness, PhysOrg reports. The new device, called a sub-retinal implant, is a light-sensitive microchip with 1,500 light sensors inserted below the retina. Previous devices required an implant... More »

Yes, Kendra Wilkinson Can Still Breastfeed

Implants won't keep ex-Playmate from nursing newborn

(Newser) - Kendra Wilkinson gave birth this morning, and inquiring minds want to know whether the former Playmate's impressive breast implants will prevent her from nursing her newborn son. Depending on the specifics of her augmentation surgery, it shouldn't be a problem, reports Slate 's Explainer column: Implants generally don't render breastfeeding... More »

Sea Slugs Inspire New Brain Implant Technology

Findings could apply to people with Parkinson's and spinal cord injuries

(Newser) - Sure, it’s a warty creepy-crawly that lurks at the bottom of the ocean, but the sea cucumber has inspired scientists to create a new material that could be used in implanted brain electrodes to help people with Parkinson’s disease, reports the BBC. The creature stiffens its skin when... More »

Brain Implant Shows Promise for Stroke Victims

Electrical stimulations helps organ rewire itself

(Newser) - Stroke patients have shown lasting, "extremely promising" results, even years after suffering a brain hemorrhage, from an experimental therapy that electrically stimulates the brain. The currents help the organ rewire itself to take over for stroke-damaged sections, Newsweek reports, and study participants have improved significantly beyond what they could... More »

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