Biomaterials

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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Better bodies with biomaterials, plus more inside December 2020 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / November 19, 2020

The December 2020 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring applications of ceramics and glass in the human body—is now available online. Plus—C&GM and ceramicSOURCE

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Tough beetles reveal secrets that could help join dissimilar materials

By April Gocha / November 17, 2020

The diabolical ironclad beetle can withstand crushing by forces up to 39,000-times its body weight. But what makes this little beetle so tough? A new study reveals some of the secrets the beetle stores in its tough exoskeleton, secrets that could aid in development of biomimetic materials and structures to join dissimilar materials in more robust ways.

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An en‘light’ening approach to cancer treatment: New GO-templated gold nanosheet shows promise for photothermal therapy

By Lisa McDonald / November 13, 2020

Traditional methods of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy for treating cancer can be extremely taxing on the body. Photothermal therapy is a minimally invasive and locally focused alternative, and a recent paper by researchers in China looks at the potential of a new graphene oxide-templated gold nanosheet for use in this treatment.

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Bioresorbable glass sensors: The future of medicine

By Jonathon Foreman / October 20, 2020

Bioresorbable glass sensors may offer a safe and convenient way to monitor patients for short periods. Two recent articles in an ACerS journal explore the properties and processing of bioactive glass for this unique application.

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