Researchers Develop Electrical Implant that Eliminates Infections

surgeryResearchers from Tufts University and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana have developed an electrical implant capable of destroying infections in tissue. In a trial run, researchers implanted a mouse with the electrical implant: a magnesium-based heater between two layers of silk. The implant was inserted directly into tissue infected with Staphylococcus aureus and with only 10 minutes of remotely controlled heat therapy, the infection was eliminated, and within 15 days the implant dissolved on its own. Additionally, researchers experimented with using the remote controlled implants to deliver drugs to infected areas of the body. Moving forward, the researchers are planning to place the implant in patients as part of surgical procedures, allowing doctors to immediately treat infections as they arise.

(Source: Popular Science)

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