Hydrogel ‘biofactories’ could make meds in remote places

Embedded "biofactories" in hydrogel could give people in remote places a portable way to produce hard-to-get medicines.

U. Washington | Feb. 14, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine 3d-printing drug-development hydrogels materials-science polymers

‘Bio-ink’ could form a scaffold for growing human tissue

A "bio-ink" for 3D-printed materials could serve as scaffolds for growing human tissues to repair or replace damaged ones in the body, say bioengineers.

Todd Bates-Rutgers | Feb. 12, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine 3d-printing hydrogels tissue-engineering

Hydrogel controls inflammation to speed healing

A set of injectable hydrogels can spur or stave off the body's inflammation response to speed up the healing process, a new study shows.

Mike Williams-Rice | Dec. 30, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine cancer drug-delivery hydrogels stem-cells wounds

Test gauges the strength of microbe exoskeletons

Scooping the guts out of bacteria and refilling the exoskeletons with an expansive fluid reveals if whether a microbe is structurally strong or weak.

Tom Abate-Stanford | Oct. 25, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology bacteria hydrogels microbes microbiomes microscopes

Color-changing ‘smart skin’ steals tricks from chameleons

A new "smart skin" can change colors just like a chameleons skin, but it also fixes a major problem with other color-changing materials—the way they shrink.

Carol Clark-Emory | Sept. 11, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology biomimicry colors crystals hydrogels light skin

Squishy ‘Rubik’s Cube’ could one day store tons of data

A new Rubik's Cube-like structure made of a self-healing hydrogel might one day lead to new ways to store data and monitor medical conditions.

Marc Airhart-Texas | Aug. 8, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology hydrogels sensors wearable-devices

Tiny particles monitor oxygen during hydrogel healing

Microparticles can monitor oxygen levels in hydrogels that one day could be used to regrow muscle, cartilage, or organs.

Mike Williams-Rice | July 29, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine cells hydrogels oxygen

Hydrogel sucks moisture from the air to get clean water

A new way to harvest water uses a hydrogel to collect moisture from humid air and then release it with sunlight.

National University of Singapore | July 26, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology hydrogels light water

Hydrogel delivers one-two punch to bone infections

Bone infections after surgery can be hard to treat and delay healing. A new hydrogel attacks bacteria and encourages regrowth with a single application.

John Toon-Georgia Tech | June 27, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine bones hydrogels implants infections medical-devices

Hydrogel scaffold lures stem cells to wounds

A new kind of injectable hydrogel scaffold could help repair bone, cartilage, and other tissues able to regenerate themselves.

Mike Williams-Rice | June 9, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine hydrogels stem-cells wounds

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