Ophthalmology

A novel therapy using unique thermogel prevents retinal scarring

Singapore scientists have developed a bio-functional thermogel, a type of synthetic polymer, to prevent retinal scarring caused by failed retinal detachment repair surgery. Proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) occurs when ...

Biomedical technology

New filling for bone defects encourages tissue regeneration

A combination of a synthetic material with natural bone fills bone defects and encourages tissue regeneration, with potential for use during surgical procedures. The research was carried out at the Tohoku University Graduate ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

IBM lab designs molecule to kill drug-resistant superbugs

As a scientist at IBM's Almaden Research Laboratory, James Hedrick was well aware of the global problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which can turn a minor scrape into a death sentence.

Medical research

Polymer gel effectively reinforces worn out cartilage

Aching knees and stiff fingers: osteoarthritis is a widespread joint disease with few treatment options. However, there may finally be some hope: American scientists are hoping to mechanically reinforce worn-out cartilage ...

Arthritis & Rheumatism

'Oil for the joints' offers hope for osteoarthritis sufferers

A team of researchers led by a Boston University Biomedical Engineer has developed a new joint lubricant that could bring longer lasting relief to millions of osteoarthritis sufferers. The new synthetic polymer supplements ...