Dental Implants Ward Off Bacteria

Antimicrobial dental implant

One of the many miracles of modern dentistry is the use of dental implants to replace teeth lost to injury or disease. These permanent replacements get colonized by the body’s own cells, incorporating them into the patients’ jaws. The problem is that sometimes bacteria are present, which can lead to an infection that ultimately can damage the healthy bone.

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials in Bremen, Germany, have come up with a coating for dental implants that may solve this problem. The coating is made up of three layers: two plastic layers separated by a thin coating of silver nanoparticles. The outer coating is textured in a way that encourages healthy cell growth. It is also porous, which allows anti-microbial silver ions to be released over a period of time as the silver dissolves naturally. As a result, bacterial growth is inhibited and the chances of a successful implant are improved.

This new technology has the potential to make dental implants more reliable with reduced complications, which could benefit the millions of patients who receive dental implants every year.

Wearable Kidney Passes Clinical Trial [video]

Artificial kidney1

  Patients who have lost kidney function to injury or disease must rely on dialysis machines to cleanse their blood of excess fluid, salts, and toxins. This typically requires that they sit, hooked up to a machine in a clinical setting, for 12 to 15 hours every week. This could change soon, however. The device […]

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Scientists Enlist Algae in War on Cancer

Algae kills cancer

When I hear “nanotechnology,” I tend to think of microscopic components that have been designed and fabricated by people for some purpose or another. Scientists at the University of South Australia have taken a different approach to engineering their nanoparticles. Working with collaborators in Dresden, Germany, the researchers have found a way to make algae grow […]

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SoaPen Wins Wearables for Good Challenge [video]


UNICEF’s Wearables for Good challenge — hosted by UNICEF, Arm Holdings, and Frog — found its two winners among 2,000 registrants and 250 design submissions. The key goal of the challenge was to identify the best products that can help fight infant mortality. One of the two winners is SoaPen, a wearable and portable soap designed to […]

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Smart Scale Wins CES 2016 Award

QardioBase CES award

Everything is getting smart these days, even the traditional bathroom scale. New models measure more than just weight, and instead of a spinning dial of digits, the results are wirelessly beamed to your smartphone or tablet. One of these space age scales, the QardioBase, has been given a CES 2016 Innovation Award. As we mention […]

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Re-Step Helps with Walking Disabilities [video]


Elderly patients suffer from walking disabilities after a stroke, brain trauma, or celebral palsy. Re-Step Rehabilitation System from Step of Mind is a non-invasive, portable system that is easy to use by patients either in rehab or at home under supervision. The system comprises of special shoes that are connected to special software that changes height and […]

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Light Detects Arthritis Early

Light detect arthritis

Arthritis is a broad category of joint diseases that tend to be painful and progressive, leading to disability. One variety, osteoarthritis, is a degenerative joint disease that affects older people, especially in fingers, knees, hips, and other joints that have been subjected to years of stress. The World Health Organization estimates that 9.6% of all […]

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High Tech Comb Kills Head Lice

Plasma treatment for head lice

Between 6 and 12 million children suffer from head lice infestations every year in the U.S. alone. They spread through direct contact (lice and their eggs die within a day or two if they fall on the ground), so it’s common for them to affect children in elementary school where children often come in close […]

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Glucose Management by Software Proves Effective

Stethoscope and a syringe on a diabetes test

Diabetes affects more than 387 million people worldwide: nearly one out of ten adults 18 or older. Without proper maintenance of blood sugar levels, patients can develop secondary complications leading to blindness, circulation problems resulting in amputation, and even death. Healthcare workers have a difficult time in determining the correct insulin dosages for individual patients. A software system […]

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Survey Shows Doctors Wary of Wearables and Mobile Apps

Doctors recommend apps

Use of wearables in healthcare is on the rise with some significant implications for better patient health management and timely diagnosis and treatment. But according to a new study, doctors are still not comfortable recommending a specific device or app to their patients. Cello Health Insight recently surveyed doctors across eight countries about their attitudes toward wearable […]

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