A joint study conducted by researchers at Tufts University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has resulted in the development of an implantable electronic device that can be able to treat hard to reach localized staph infections.
Current treatment options including invasive procedures or antibiotics but both of them are not able to completely clear the infection. However the new chip, made up of a silk protein substrate with a magnesium heating element in between, will be able to reach the infected areas, kill the bacteria by raising the temperature of the surrounding tissue with the help of a wireless transmitter and once the infection is cleared, then the chip is able to dissolve in the body.
A recent study has found that the device was extremely successful in clearing the infection and dissolves in the body within two weeks. The developers also revealed that the implant can tailored to carry drug load and deliver it to hard to reach places.