Potentially new standard of care: Neuroregenerative electronic medicine

When Wilson "Zack" Ray, associate professor of neurosurgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and his colleagues identified the need for electrical stimulation-based therapies to accelerate wound healing, their colleagues at Northwestern University went to their toolbox and set to work. They designed and developed a thin, flexible device that wraps around an injured nerve and delivers electrical pulses at selected time points for days before the device harmlessly degrades in the body. The device is powered and controlled wirelessly by a transmitter outside the body that acts much like a cellphone-charging mat.

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