Medical

Rolla hospital’s cancer institute named for ceramist Delbert Day

By / January 13, 2011

Ted Day, left, with father Delbert Day. Nice honors for a good guy! The Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla, Mo., announced yesterday that it is naming its new cancer facility the Delbert Day Cancer Institute. It helps to know that Rolla is the home of Missouri University of Science and Technology, which historically has…

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Germany’s Fraunhofer: Diamond–ceramic composites, sepsis test-on-a-card, hot-embossed glass microlenses

By / December 22, 2010

Germany’s Fraunhofer Institutes have been churning out a fascinating collection of announcements this year that showcase the group’s ability to successfully span the research-demonstration-deployment worlds. Deservedly, a lot of countries are looking at Fraunhofer’s ability to blend science, engineering and manufacturing in ways the leverage lots of both government and private sector support. For example,…

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Micro-photovoltaic devices for use in chemotherapy

By / October 28, 2010

A press release from the American Institute of Physics claims that miniature photovoltaic devices are being developed for the delivery of chemotherapy drugs directly to tumors, rendering chemotherapy less toxic to surrounding tissue. Doctors are searching for a way to deliver these powerful drugs only where needed – to target them specifically to tumor tissue. A…

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Former ACerS president Delbert Day to receive Phoenix Award

By / September 15, 2010

Del Day is receiving the 2010 Phoenix Award Glass for hisdevelopment of radioactive glass microspheres. Delbert Day, a past president of ACerS, will be given the 2010 Phoenix Award as “Glass Person of the Year,” the glass industry’s top honor. The Phoenix Award is given annually to a living person who has made outstanding contributions…

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Scaffolds and host stem cells combined to improve tooth, joint replacements

By / September 7, 2010

Human molar scaffold Research centered at Columbia University is starting to improve techniques that combine ceramic scaffolds and stem cells to “grow” dental implants and limb joints. Led by Jeremy Mao, the work was carried out in the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Lab at Columbia, and involves colleagues from the University of Missouri and…

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Quantum dots and microneedles: A possible new approach to diagnosing skin disease

By / August 30, 2010

Microneedles fabricated with two-photon polymerization:Credit: Royal Society of Chemistry I first covered ACerS member Roger Narayan’s work in the field of two-photon polymerization a little more than a year ago in a story for ACerS’ membership magazine, the Bulletin. For several years, Narayan, a professor in the Joint Biomedical Engineering Department that is connected with…

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Nanoscale field-effect transistors developed to probe cells

By / August 12, 2010

In the journal Science, a new device is described that fashions nanowires into a transistor small enough to probe the interior of cells. A Harvard press release reports that the new device is smaller than many viruses and about one-hundredth the width of the probes now used to take cellular measurements, which can be nearly…

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Polymer, bioceramic and carbon nanotubes combined for new bone scaffold

By / August 12, 2010

A bone allograft being placed into position. The University of the Basque Country (Universidad del País Vasco) reports that one of its Ph.D. students has developed a new porous, biodegradable nanocompound support for the regeneration of bone tissue. According to UPV, Beatriz Olalde, in her doctoral thesis, reported on her approach that combines polylactic acid,…

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Laser-engineered bioceramic coatings help connect bone and implant

By Martin Grolms / August 6, 2010

Samples of textures achieved with laser-engineered bioceramic coatings. These coatingscan provide a 3D topographic cue and appropriate chemistry suitable for load bearingimplant applications. Credit: Narendra Dohotre. Surfaces of artificial implants that mimic natural structures are expected to improve biocompatibility by enhancing the connection between the living bone and the surface. The challenge is to create…

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50 R&D 100 Awards given to national labs

By / July 22, 2010

Ultrasensitive Nanomechanical Transducers Based on Nonlinear Resonance, one of ORNL’s 2010 R&D 100 award winners. (Credit: ORNL.) R&D Magazine awarded DOE and other federal labs with 50 of its R&D 100 Awards. The awards, sometimes referred to as the “Academy Awards of Science,” are presented to those labs and companies that have been a major…

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