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iPods endanger pacemaker patients


We've all been in hospitals and seen the signs warning us not to use cell phones because of possible dangers to patients on delicate electronic equipment, but a Michigan high school student has found that iPods interfered with about one-third of implanted pacemakers tested.

The Denver Post (among multiple other publications) is reporting that a study of 83 patients conducted by Okemos High School student Jay Thayer and Dr. Krit Jongnarangsin, a University of Michigan cardiologist, found that having iPods even within 18 inches of a patient's chest could cause false telemetry readings and, in one instance, actually caused the pacemaker to fail.

And lest you think the test was biased because the elderly patients might merely have been reacting in revulsion to hip-hop or rap music played on the iPods, the researchers report that they conducted the test using Old Blue Eyes (Sinatra) tunes. Apple, which has sold nearly 100 million copies of the devices, has not responded to the reports.

Although it was the iPod model used for testing, these results are likely to trigger studies on all other brands of similar devices. Not only does this mean that people with pacemakers should avoid using iPods -- it also means no hugs from grandkids wearing iPods. In addition, healthcare workers and caregivers should not be permitted to use them.

Hey, I'm NOT making this up, this really is a potential danger!

4 comments
maryhappy_0314
maryhappy_0314

Macworld, today announced the release of the "Macworld Apple TV Superguide." The "Apple TV Superguide" provides tips, tools, and a complete how-to guide for operating Apple's new Apple TV hardware, which connects television sets to the music, video, and photos stored on a Mac or Windows PC. Apple TV Guide http://www.apple-tv-converter.net/

Dr Dij
Dr Dij

Great reason to ban these things! Now they're a health heart attack hazard.. ALways thought they were a waste of money, a serious danger to your wallet like the iPhone. Unless you are a spy and need disguised as music player 20 gig storage hard disk, as in some recent movies. Waste of hearing (they are a danger to your hearing, british study showed this), and a waste of cross walk space (NYC contemplating ban of iPods was it on crosswalks?) for those who don't look for traffic and blindly cross the street. Only thing if we banned them, the 1984 Apple ad of the guy throwing a heavy hammer into big brother's screen will come true. Oh well!

mjd420nova
mjd420nova

Besides the fact that some people really can't chew gum and walk at the same time, any distraction puts them at risk. Now we all had some suspicions about the microwave radiation to our brains and now we're doing it too our hearts too. No good can come from this.

Tech Locksmith
Tech Locksmith

iPods are one of those technology devices I have to buy just so I can keep up with developments. Fortunately there is eBay where I can get most of my money back a couple of weeks later. As for the hearing loss and walking into traffic, well, I read Darwin and he made a lot of sense - I don't get excited about these things until they endanger someone other than the idiot using it. If I hit someone because they were wearing an iPod I'd sue them for damage to my car as soon as they were out of the hospital just to re-inforce the lesson.

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