Engineers develop the first bioelectronic medicine—an implantable device that stimulates nerve regeneration with electrical pulses. Once the nerve heals, the device disintegrates and the body absorbs it without toxic side effects.
Mechanical metamaterials offer new hope to orthopedic patients and their doctors by nearly eliminating degradation and damage to the hip socket.
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A brain-to-spine wireless implant uses electrical stimulation of the spinal cord combined with weight therapy to help patients with spinal cord injuries walk.
A customizable drug implant could help automatically deliver the right amount of drugs over time to cancer patients.
Researchers looking through the transparent wings of a longtail glasswing butterfly found inspiration to create nanostructures coatings for an implantable eye pressure sensor that could help patients with glaucoma retain their sight.
An organic retinal prosthesis that uses flexible conductive polymers rather than hard silicon electronics successfully restored sight to blind rats, lasted six to 10 months, and functioned without external power sources or wireless receivers.
Risk of infection continues to be an issue across the healthcare arena. A Frost & Sullivan industry research study published in May 2017 reported that global revenue in the antimicrobial coating materials market stood at $700 million in 2016, and is poised to reach $1.1 billion by 2021.
Being able to sense a change in pressure on the brain after a traumatic brain injury would allow for swifter treatment that could stave off debilitating or fatal complications.
A tiny telescope that surgeons implant in the eye has received FDA approval for clinical trials that could lead to much wider adoption.
Researchers have developed a human-on-a-chip, on which tissue from seven human organs is grown on a small polymer the size of a computer USB device. The chip is used for drug testing to cut the number of animal tests done.
In the near future, you may monitor your health and diagnose illness – all by swallowing a biosensor. Prof. Ben Terry of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, describes this technology, which may sound like science fiction to many.
A prosthetic valve enables blood to swirl naturally as it flows, reducing stress on blood vessels.