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Silver and diamonds: beautiful and useful

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They can be found even in the operating room: Tiny pathogens that can make life difficult, for example, for recipients of endoprostheses. Pathogens trigger inflammation in the joint, preventing the proper ingrowth of the implant. Unfortunately, Antibiotics do not help all patients. A new surface coating is intended to kill the pathogens directly after surgery. Find out more in our current interview.

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Simone Ernst
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Implants: silver and diamonds battle germs and abrasion talks about...

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Almost five percent of all patients who receive a joint replacement need to go under the knife again after a short time. Bacteria that entered the body during implantation or strong surface abrasion have caused inflammation that leads to a loosening of the implant in these patients. A "precious" coating for implant materials could prevent this in the future. Prof. Bernd Stritzker explains how a diamond-like coating with silver atoms is meant to reduce implant failure and how a microfluidic chip partially replaces animal tests during the development.
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Infusion Systems: Better monitoring at hospital beds


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The use of therapeutic infusion systems to treat patients in hospitals is standard procedure but there are always occasional errors. Tubes can bend or connectors can detach. David Große Wentrup of the Münster University of Applied Sciences, Germany, has developed a technical system to monitor infusion systems, which now also completely monitors the lines.
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