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SOURCE: RYAN NEELY/COURTESY

SOURCE: RYAN NEELY/COURTESY

A new sensor built by several campus researchers has far-reaching potential to treat serious conditions such as paraplegia and epilepsy once implanted inside the body — all at the size of a grain of sand.

The battery-free, wireless sensor is the first of its kind to record and relay bodily vital signs in real time using ultrasound. Published in the journal Neuron earlier this month, research on the sensor could catalyze advances in medicine by revealing an efficient way to monitor, and eventually control, numerous bodily functions.

“The applications are as far as you can imagine — whatever you want to do,” said study co-author Ryan Neely, noting that the technology was originally designed to help paraplegic patients control robotic limbs.

READ MORE AT SOURCE: http://www.dailycal.org/2016/08/18/campus-researchers-design-sand-size-sensor-to-target-paraplegia-epilepsy/

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