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In a Harvard study funded by the FDA, researchers concluded that recalls this year by defibrillator manufacturers Guidant, Medtronic and St. Jude Medical show a steady rise in the number of failures among the devices. The study shows that nearly one in every 50 defibrillators malfunctions and blames those failures for 31 deaths. In 2002, doctors were replacing almost 21 of every 1000 devices implanted due to malfunction. Click here to read the full article from the USA Today.

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