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Web Date: March 11, 2016

Designer coatings fight infections and help bones heal

Multilayer thin films could fight costly and difficult-to-treat prosthetic infections
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Materials SCENE, Nano SCENE
Keywords: nanomaterials, prosthetics, orthopedic implants, implant infections, multilayer films, coatings, bone growth

An ultrathin coating for prosthetics fights bacterial infections and speeds up bone healing around implants tested in rats (ACS Nano 2016, DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.6b00087). After delivering a high-dose burst of antibiotics in the first few days, the coating continues to release the drug for weeks along with a protein that spurs bone growth. The goal is to cut the rate of prosthetic . . .

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