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Polymer Device Could Reduce Number of Battlefield-Caused Amputations

from Plastics Today

A polymer-based medical device has been developed that could promote new bone growth and, thus, prevent amputations among soldiers wounded by gunshots and improvised explosive devices. Mattew Becker, a professor of polymer science at the University of Akron, led the research, which involves using a cylinder-shaped polymeric shell to stabilize the site of injury while the missing bone regenerates. The team of scientists from the University of Akron, Houston Methodist Research Institute and Texas A&M University received a $6 million grant from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materials Command to fund their work in this limb-salvage technique. more

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