November 30, 2014

Scientists Do Science

I am old enough to remember the first polio vaccinations and being anesthetized with ether (tonsils - I still remember being scared to death when they put the gauze cup over my face and told me to count backwards from 100).

The article that follows is truly amazing to me. From Forbes:
Researchers at the Tufts University and University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana successfully delivered an antibiotic treatment to mice with a bacterial infection with what’s considered to be the first resorbable wireless electronic implant.

The wireless implant, made of silk and magnesium, delivered heat to infected tissue in the mice by a remote wireless signal. After the wireless treatment, the device harmlessly dissolved in the mice. This breakthrough research was recently published online the week of November 24-28, 2014 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The implantable medical device market is expected to increase 8% annually to $73.9 billion by 2018 according to a new report by Transparency Market Research.


LL said...

That sounds very me in 2014. Maybe by 2018, everyone will say, "that's how it's done".

Doom said...

A shared memory, it seems. Yeah, the mask was spooking, but losing consciousness... nearly consciously... was what frightened me the most. Even then I didn't trust.

As cynical as I am about medicine, I won't argue that the miracles they can do for some is incredible. I will argue that they need to figure out how to diagnose much better, and to figure out which of those who are ill really need the extreme measures and which ones it won't help. Still, I am amazed at some of what they have done.

sig94 said...

LL - what's new becomes so passe in so short a time...

sig94 said...

Doom - that gradual, spooky slide into oblivion. Yeah, the worst.