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April 16th, 2004

A peek into the near future finds small tech playing a role

A few decades ago, most people suffering from partially clogged arteries had to undergo bypass surgery to alleviate their coronary problems. That changed with the advent of the Roto-Rooter procedure known as angioplasty and micromachined stents that then kept arteries propped open. The medical industry went one step further recently by offering drug-releasing stents that help prevent life-threatening clots from forming after implantation.


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