Concerns grow over magnets in common gadgets disabling medical devices

Researchers and regulators are working quickly to learn more about potentially dangerous interactions between implanted medical devices and an ever-widening array of consumer gadgets that contain powerful magnets.

The concern follows research published earlier this year that found an iPhone 12 temporarily deactivated a defibrillator when held to a patient’s skin just above the implant. Though the chances of this happening by mistake seemed low, the news spurred researchers in Minnesota and around the world to action.

“We believe the risk to patients is low. … However, the number of consumer electronics with strong magnets is expected to increase over

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