Researchers develop medical device that dissolves in the body
Northwestern University and Washington University School of Medicine researchers have developed a kind of bioelectronic medicine: an implantable, biodegradable wireless device that speeds nerve regeneration and improves healing of damaged nerves. The device delivered pulses of electricity to damaged nerves in rats after a surgical repair process, accelerating the regrowth of nerves and enhancing the recovery of muscle strength and control. The device is the size of a dime and the thickness of a sheet of paper and dissolves in the body after about two weeks.
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