The Device Life: Medical technology expands to younger generations

  • Hundreds of thousands of Americans are receiving medical devices that were once considered nearly exclusive to the elderly. The shift is profoundly changing patient care and expanding the fortunes of the medical-technology industry while amplifying concerns over the safety and oversight of some products.

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Matthew Taylor played video games in his room. Before a Medtronic pump was implanted to control his cerebral palsy, he couldn’t manipulate a joystick effectively.

Asher Thomas, 2, of Eden Prairie, with his mother, Robyn Thomas, has an adult pacemaker under the bulge in his abdomen.

Peter Quimby, with a left ventricular assist device and defibrillator, says he’s “the healthiest dying person you’ll ever know.”

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