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Optogenetics Device Offers Stable Way to Treat Bladder Problems

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A tiny, implantable device has been introduced that can detect overactivity in the bladder and use light from biointegrated LEDs to tamp down the urge to urinate. The device has been demonstrated in laboratory rats and could one day be used to treat overactive bladder, urinary incontinence, and interstitial cystitis in people. It was created by a team of neuroscientists and engineers at the Washington University School of Medicine, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. The researchers implanted a soft, stretchy...Read full article

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