Medical

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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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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Diagnosing COVID-19 in children: Researchers identify biomarkers that indicate SARS-CoV-2 infection

By Lisa McDonald / August 13, 2021

Breathalyzers are a promising method for quickly screening groups of people for COVID-19. Researchers in Pennsylvania analyzed breath samples from children with and without SARS-CoV-2 infection to identify biomarkers that indicate infection.

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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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A nontri‘vial’ matter—researchers find glass containers may degrade certain biomolecules

By Lisa McDonald / July 13, 2021

Many chemicals are stored in glass containers due to the assumed chemical durability of glass. Purdue University researchers found that glass surfaces can cause some biomolecules to degrade, however—leading them to recommend that these chemicals not be stored in glass containers.

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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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Can you build a better mask? US agencies open $500,000 challenge to improve face masks

By April Gocha / April 13, 2021

Despite being well over a year-deep into the COVID-19 pandemic, there still is plenty of room for improvement in terms of everyday consumer face masks. With that in mind, U.S. government agencies have partnered to host an open innovation challenge to build a better face mask—and they are backing winning ideas with $500,000 in prize money.

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New ASTM standards provide measure to gauge effectiveness of face masks

By April Gocha / March 16, 2021

Face masks are everywhere today—yet despite the vast array of choices, there is a disappointing lack of information about how effective each of those choices are. A newly released ASTM International standard finally provides a validated set of consensus metrics to evaluate the efficiency of consumer face masks.

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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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