From wound healing to surface disinfectant, researchers expand the potential of cerium oxide nanoparticles in medical applications

By Lisa McDonald / September 21, 2021

Cerium oxide nanoparticles have gained attention in biological fields due to their unique properties, including the ability to act as both an oxidation catalyst and reduction catalyst. In two new papers, researchers at the University of Central Florida explore the potential of these nanoparticles in wound healing and as a surface disinfectant.

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Fishy origins: Researchers derive calcium phosphate bioceramics from salmon fish bone wastes

By Lisa McDonald / September 7, 2021

Compared to other meats, fish remains a relatively underutilized waste source in rendering processes. An international team of researchers investigated the possibility of deriving calcium phosphate bioceramics from salmon fish bone wastes.

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Borate-based bioactive glass improves treatment of diabetic foot ulcers

By Lisa McDonald / September 3, 2021

Improving treatment of chronic diabetic foot ulcers can prevent the need for amputation. Researchers explored using a new borate-based bioactive glass to improve the rate of wound healing.

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Science imitating life: Biomimetics for human health purposes

By Jonathon Foreman / August 6, 2021

Biomimetics is the scientific research and development of human-made materials, parts, and products that emulate naturally occurring biological systems. Three recent ACerS journal articles look at biomimetics used for human health purposes, including cleaning water, in implants, and replacing bone.

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Minimize recurrence, maximize regeneration—bioactive glass demonstrates potential in treating giant cell tumor of bone

By Lisa McDonald / July 16, 2021

Giant cell tumor of bone is an aggressive, semimalignant tumor that can grow quickly and destroy bone close to a joint. A research collaboration from Heidelberg University Hospital and University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany explored the potential of bioactive glass to treat these bone tumors.

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Improving safety of implants: A review on nanotechnology as an anti-infection strategy in periprosthetic joint infections

By Lisa McDonald / June 22, 2021

Periprosthetic joint infection is a serious complication that can occur in joint replacement surgery. Researchers in Italy and the United States review the research on using nanotechnology to prevent and treat PJI.

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New bifunctional composite bioceramic hydrogel shows promise for treating skin cancer

By Lisa McDonald / June 1, 2021

Treatment of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, often involves removing the affected tissue or organ, which leaves wounds that are difficult to heal. Researchers in China, Turkey, and Australia developed a new bifunctional composite bioceramic hydrogel for treating melanoma via a minimally invasive technique called photothermal treatment.

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Designing optimum biomaterials: Researchers explore relationship among structure, proteins, and cell attachment

By Lisa McDonald / April 16, 2021

In implants and scaffolds containing bioactive glass, the relationship between device structure and biological performance is complicated by the formation of a highly complex interfacial layer. In two papers, Lehigh University researchers begin to untangle the interaction among structure, protein adsorption, and cell attachment.

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If you live in America and brush your teeth, get excited—bioactive glass toothpaste is on the way

By April Gocha / March 2, 2021

After a long and interesting journey, bioactive glass toothpaste is set to soon be available in the United States. U.K.-based company BioMin received FDA premarket clearance for its Restore Plus toothpaste under the Dr.Collins brand.

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Dynamic geometric modeling allows fabrication of complex-shaped ceramic bone implants

By Lisa McDonald / December 8, 2020

Conventional CAD modeling of ceramic bone implants is limited in the structures that it can design. Researchers at Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Russia explored using function representation modeling instead to expand the design possibilities.

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