Biodegradable electronic implant used for nerve regeneration. Image. Northwestern University
Bioelectronic medicine: implantable and biodegradable electric device for nerve regeneration - health technology news

Researchers have designed and tested a prototype of an implantable, biodegradable, and wireless device that accelerates the regeneration of nerves. This example of bioelectronic medicine delivers regular pulses of electricity to damaged peripheral nerves in rats. It is about the size of a dime, as thin as a sheet of paper, and is degraded within two weeks by the body. This type of technology could be used in patients in the future to deliver care at the location in the body where it is needed, during a clinically relevant period, and is therefore expected to cause less side effects or risks associated with implants that are in use today.

Read the full story: Northwestern University (through Eurekalert)
Scientific publication: Nature Medicine