Scientists develop medical device that dissolves in the body
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By STEM Caribbean | Posted on January 10, 2019
For many years, edible items were the only objects capable of being absorbed in the body without any harmful side effects. In 2018 this changed. Researchers at Northwestern University and Washington University School of Medicine in the United States developed a device that could harmlessly disintegrate in the body after approximately two weeks. This device, referred to as “bioelectronic medicine”, is as small as a US ten-cent coin and as thick as a sheet of paper. It was developed to improve the healing process of nerves by using electrical pulses. Once the damaged nerves are healed, the device naturally breaks down in the body. This eliminates the need of having to remove the device via a second surgery. Although it has not been tested on humans, researchers believe it has the potential to be a therapeutic option in the future of medicine.