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A polymer enabling better acceptance of implants

Drug delivery devices like implants offer several advantages over pills or injections, but often result in immune responses that hinder their performance. A group of researchers from IISc have developed a biodegradable polymer that delivers an anti-inflammatory agent, to allow better acceptance of biomedical implants by the body.

Preventing bacterial growth on implants

A major problem with implanted devices is that bacteria grow on them, resulting in infections. A new method to deal with some infections, by applying a small electric field that prevents bacterial growth, has been devised and tested on bacterial cultures outside the body.