Scientist have created a tiny device that can repair nerves and then deteriorate inside the body، making it the first 'bioelectronic' medicine ،as the Daily Mail said.
There is a lot of hype around using technology to better our health through apps، wearables and even pills that keep track of when you took them.
Now، the researchers at Northwestern University have come up with a recipe to build electronic treatment devices out of materials that dissolve in the body - and most of them are part of our daily diet.
So far، they have successfully used their first device to treat damaged nerves in rats، but someday this tiny electronics could help keep hearts beating in time. We use all kinds of electronics to treat health conditions and injuries، but often they have to be surgically implanted، so when they malfunction or their batteries die، patients have to go back under the knife.
Many materials are safe for use in the body، but they change and break down the way our own tissues do.
But that may be changing.
The the new disc-shaped wireless device is about the size of nickel، stimulates peripheral nerves with weak electric shocks.
More importantly it is made of entirely of biodegradable materials.
That means that when a nerve is healed، the body's fluids naturally break it down and it exits like any other waste would.
That's because، even though it is a remote controlled semiconductor، the device is essentially made of substances that are part of our daily diet.