FDA Fast Tracks Brain-Controlled Prosthetic Arm

The FDA and DARPA have created a faster approval process for breakthrough medical technology. First up: a high-tech prosthetic arm.

The Los Angeles Times reports incredible news for veterans and those with prosthetic limbs. A high-tech new prosthetic arm is going get fast tracked through the Food and Drug Administration's approval process.

The system, using a brain-implanted microchip, is meant to provide 'near-natural' functioning of the arm, hand and fingers. The prosthesis will be evaluated in a new FDA program that gives priority review to breakthrough medical devices.

The arm system, developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, uses a microchip implanted in the brain to record and decode signals to neurons that control muscles linked to the prosthesis.

The FDA and DARPA have a briefing scheduled for later today to announce this new medical device "Innovation Pathway." You can see a few more pictures of the prosthetic arm on the FDA's Flickr page.

Photo courtesy of the FDA

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Conservative radio host Dennis Prager defended his use of the word "ki*e," on his show Thursday by insisting that people should be able to use the word ni**er as well.

It all started when a caller asked why he felt comfortable using the term "ki*e" while discussing bigotry while using the term "N-word" when referring to a slur against African-Americans.

Prager used the discussion to make the point that people are allowed to use anti-Jewish slurs but cannot use the N-word because "the Left" controls American culture.

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