New material could make osseointegrated prostheses more comfortable

04/4/2013 | News-Medical.Net

Squid beaks transition from being hard at the tip to very soft at the base, and the material that forms the transition between these two areas has been found by researchers at Case Western Reserve University to hold promise for medical uses, such as devices that pass through or connect to the soft tissues of the human body. One possible application, researchers say, would be with prosthetic devices that attach to the wearer's bone, with the new material being used as a buffer in the area where the implant passes through the skin. This could make these prostheses safer and more comfortable, according to the research, which was published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

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