...And coming in 2009
THE DEVICE: Migraine neutralizer
WHAT IT WILL DO: New research has linked migraine headaches with the existence of a tiny congenital hole between the upper chambers of the heart. Scientists are testing new implants that, when inserted through a vein in the upper leg, will patch and seal the hole and alleviate migraines for some of the 28 million Americans who suffer from them. An added bonus: The implant may also reduce the risk of stroke.
WHO'S DEVELOPING IT: AGA Medical, Boston Scientific (BSX), Cierra, NMT Medical (NMTI), St. Jude Medical (STJ)