UK researchers have optimised a nanocomposite material to create less bulky and invasive artificial heart valves. They say this is particularly useful for children, as the material is said to be flexible enough to be implanted into the body using a catheter, rather than surgery.
Non-invasive, continuous, in vivo monitoring at the site of cancerous tumours may eventually be possible thanks to research at MIT, USA. Scientists are looking into what they say is the first implantable device that can fulfil this function.
Prototypes of hospital furniture and equipment to help the fight against healthcare associated infections will be unveiled at UK exhibitions over the coming months. Katherine Williams reports on some of the designs and materials used.
Hydrogen, electric, biofuels or hybrid – can the solution to eliminating automotive emissions be found in existing technologies? Delegates at the Low-Carbon Vehicles event held in London, UK, in May 2009 discussed the possibilities.
The UK’s Waste Resources & Action Programme (WRAP) has thrown down the gauntlet to local authorities, waste management companies and retailers. Its vision is for 500,000t of mixed plastics waste packaging from households to be recycled every year by 2020.