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Sensitive drills for cochlear implants


Hearing-impaired people whose auditory nerve is still intact can often be helped with a cochlear implant. But inserting the implant into the inner ear is not without risks, as facial nerves can be damaged in the process. Empa researchers have developed a novel smart drill that minimizes the risk by automatically shutting off when it comes near nerves.
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New material helps diabetic wounds heal quickly


Scientists have discovered a new material that can be applied to diabetic wounds to heal them faster with just one application.
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Fraunhofer IFAM Dresden

Reduced risk after cardiac surgery thanks to resorbable pacing leads


A team of researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM in Dresden is developing resorbable pacing leads that can significantly reduce risk factors after cardiac surgery.
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Inspired by nature: Silencing bacteria


Cerium dioxide nanoparticles work in biological processes like natural enzymes and change signaling molecules, thereby preventing the formation of biofilms.
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BarcelonaTech (UPC)

Maria Pau Ginebra awarded Advanced Grant by ERC


The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded UPC researcher Maria Pau Ginebra an Advanced Grant to study the mechanisms of biomaterial and bacteria interaction and to develop surfaces that can fight infections and promote bone regeneration.
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Flatworm-inspired medical adhesives stop blood loss


Drawing inspiration from nature, researchers from McGill University have developed a medical adhesive that could save lives, modeled after structures found in marine animals like mussels and flatworms.
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Marlies Thurnheer / Empa

Textile electrodes for medtech applications


Nahtlos, an Empa spin-off, has received 1 million Swiss francs in a first round of financing from a network of business angels from Switzerland and Liechtenstein and from the Startfeld Foundation. With this funding, Nahtlos aims to drive the market entry of its newly developed textile-based electrode for medical applications.
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3D treatment could revolutionise diabetes treatment


Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have designed a new bandage treatment, known as a scaffold, to treat diabetic foot ulcers, which is cost-effective while improving patient outcomes.
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Plastic film can kill viruses using room lights


Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have developed a ground-breaking plastic film that can kill viruses that land on its surface with room light.
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Karin Kaiser / MHH

New cells for the diseased heart


EU funds research project on cell-based heart repair with 6.1 million euros.
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