Medical

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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Effects of coffee and whitening systems on lithium disilicate glass-ceramics

By Lisa McDonald / December 10, 2021

Some all-ceramic dental crowns are relatively new to the marketplace, and researchers are still learning what factors affect the performance of these crowns in the long term. Researchers in Saudi Arabia investigated the effect of a coffee beverage and two whitening systems on the surface roughness and gloss of glazed lithium disilicate glass-ceramics.

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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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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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