Volume 91 Issue 26 | p. 8 | News of The Week
Issue Date: July 1, 2013

Longer-Lasting Artificial Joints

Materials Science: Multilayered thin film could improve replacement joints
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Materials SCENE
Keywords: joint replacement, implant, surface science, morphogenesis, coatings, bone

Of the 700,000 knee replacement surgeries the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention says are conducted each year in the U.S., 12% of them have to be redone within 10 years. The same is true for hip replacements, according to a 2011 study by a group of European orthopedic surgeons.

Part of the reason for the do-overs is bad glue. The go-to method currently used . . .

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