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8/15/03

HealthWise at 5 From 8.15

  • Bionic Ear

For patients whose hearing nerve has been destroyed by a tumor, an auditory implant connected to the brain stem offers a chance to hear again. University of Michigan surgeons say an auditory brain implant, or ABI can stimulate the brain stem and replace the function of the inner ear. The ABI's electrode is placed on the surface of the brain stem over the cochlear nucleus. While results are not perfect, about 80% of the ABI procedures are successful.

  • Dental Implants

Do you have a grandparent or a great-grandparent who takes their teeth out at night? that doesn't have to be something in your future someday. Already today, dental implants are offering a long-lasting, if not lifelong, solution to the problem of lost teeth. Dr. Jonathan Ferencz, of the American College of Prosthodontists says that dentures can be anchored and retained by implants so that they are no longer removable. These developments have been pioneered by Prosthodontists, and the benefits to patients are huge - improved self-esteem and certainly improved quality of life. The American College of Prosthodontists estimates that as Baby Boomers age, 40 million people will be faced with a decision about dentures by the year 2020

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