Biomaterials

Introduction to “Bioactive glasses” for Glass: Then and Now, plus other ACerS collections

By Jonathon Foreman / April 8, 2022

As part of the IYoG celebrations, ACerS’ “Glass: Then and Now” series is highlighting ACerS journal articles each month that support advancement in glass science and technology. The focus this month is bioactive glasses. Plus, ACerS is offering several other collections on this topic.

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Unexpected starfish skeleton structure may help develop strong, lightweight ceramics

By Lisa McDonald / February 18, 2022

Marine creatures are a great source of inspiration for materials scientists looking to develop stronger and better structures. Researchers led by Virginia Tech found that the skeleton of the Protoreaster nodosus starfish offers valuable insights into designing porous calcium carbonate.

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Inorganic materials as disinfectants—new glass and clay-based samples demonstrate broad virus inactivation

By Lisa McDonald / February 15, 2022

Disinfectants based on inorganic materials have gained much attention recently due to setbacks with organic-based disinfectants. Researchers in Spain investigated the ability of a soda-lime glass and nanoparticle-embedded clay to inactive different types of viruses.

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Heartening advancements—researchers explore potential of inhalable particles to treat cardiovascular diseases

By Lisa McDonald / January 18, 2022

Inhalable medicine offers several advantages over injections. Researchers in Italy explored the development of inhalable drug-loaded calcium phosphate nanoparticles for treating myocardial cells in the heart.

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Beyond soft tissue—researchers investigate effect of low-level laser therapy on osseointegration of implants in rats

By Lisa McDonald / November 12, 2021

Low-level laser therapy is typically used to treat soft tissue injuries and diseases. Researchers in Brazil and Ecuador explored the potential of the technique to treat bone defects instead, specifically by improving osseointegration of implants in brown rats.

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Speeding detection of disease—three groups present novel sensors for COVID-19 diagnosis

By Lisa McDonald / November 9, 2021

Barriers to commercialization are not stopping scientists from developing new and improved methods for rapid testing of COVID-19. In today’s CTT, we look at three recent studies furthering research in this area.

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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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