Tiny implants could monitor organs for illness and injury - and fix them automatically #Wolverinestyle

In the X Men films, Wolverine has mutant powers which mean he can heal himself - even when he’s shot, or thrown from a building.
And now researchers in the US are working on an implant that would make these superhuman powers a reality.
The ElectRx - pronounced 'electrics' - concept involves implanting tiny devices into patients’ bodies that use electric impulses to monitor and fix vital organs.

Each implant would be so small, it could be injected into patients using a needle.

HOW WILL ELECTRX WORK
The ElectRx - pronounced electrics - project involves implanting tiny devices into patients’ bodies that use electric impulses to monitor and fix vital organs.
Each implant would be so small, it could be injected into patients using a needle.

As it is sits inside the body, the implant would use electric impulses to monitor the health of the body’s organs.
If it spots an organ is infected, injured or failing, it would stimulate the nerves needed to get the affected organ back to functioning effectively.

The idea behind the implant is based on the body’s natural monitoring system known as neuromodulation.

As it is sits inside the body, the implant would use electric impulses to monitor the health of the body’s organs.
If it spots that an organ is infected, injured or failing, it would stimulate the nerves needed to get the affected organ functioning effectively again.

The idea behind the implant is based on the body’s natural monitoring system known as neuromodulation.

In the body’s peripheral nervous system, neuromodulation monitors the status of organs and manages how they respond to disease.
But, when a person is sick or injured, this process can be weakened and doesn’t work as well as it should.

In some cases, it can cause people to become more ill as the body fails to fight the infection.

The implant being proposed by Darpa would give this natural process a boost, and prevent it from going wrong.
Current medical neuromodulation devices are large and difficult to implant, but Darpa's implant would be small enough to target precise nerve endings.



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