Silver Bullet Device: Revolutionizing Medical Treatment
The Silver Bullet, a medical device that can deliver medicine inside the body while sending health data from the device to a phone has been unveiled at Boston, where the world's biggest science conference was held. The device was inspired by a lemon battery that utilizes citric acid in charging a zinc nail and copper penny electrodes.
Mirror UK reports that the silver bullet device can presently revolutionize medical treatments and operation. The pill could also monitor vital signs inside the body for weeks. The device practically sits inside the body while releasing drugs into the bloodstream. It sends health data signals to a mobile device while inside the body.
Dr. Philip Nadeau from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology further explained that the device was initially tested on pigs. A 30mm longer version was used in pigs and was powered with zinc electrodes that react with the stomach acid. Through a tiny sensor, it can monitor the temperature and the heart rate of the animal. The device remained inside the pig's digestive tract for 6 days.
The experiment also collaborated with the Brigham and Women's Hospital. The silver bullet can also generate as much power as a 900mHz cordless phone transmitter that can send signals to a receiver located 2-meters away. This breakthrough can help in medicating elderly patients or those who have mental health problems that are having a hard time taking in prescription medicine.
Meanwhile, Science Daily also reveals another silver bullet that can help in treating MRSA or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections that are caused by a type of staph bacteria. This device is a silver ion-coated scaffolds or biomaterials that are created to hold stem cells. It has the capability to slow the spreading of MRSA and eventually kill it while generating a new bone. This is believed to be one of the biggest steps in the rising problem of MRSA infections.
These two discoveries are believed to be two of the most important discoveries of the decade. With continuous enhancement and development, addressing critical health issues and medicine distribution problems could be finally treated with this newly developed system.