Highlights

Medicine

 

25.11.2019

Periodontal disease: Patent for new treatment method

New biodegradable rods promise to provide better treatment for periodontal disease. Researchers from the Institute of Pharmacy at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) have re-combined an already approved active ingredient and filed for a patent for their invention together with two Fraunhofer Institutes from Halle.

 

New gel to help dry mouth

Dry mouth (xerostomia) is becoming an increasing problem, especially as a result of demographic change. Especially older people suffer from this phenomenon because they either do not produce enough saliva or have a dry mouth as a side effect of taking medication.

 

Like balsam on a wound

The Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS is developing new biomaterials for dermal application in the project »SkinNext«. The researchers in Halle use the unique properties of the natural fibre proteins elastin and collagen for this. These have great potential for use in the fields of dermatology and cosmetics, such as for improved wound healing after burn injuries.

 

Help for a dry mouth

Skinomics GmbH and researchers of Fraunhofer IMWS are together searching for solutions to prevent and treat dryness of the mouth.

 

The toothpaste's impact on teeth

What is the microstructure of teeth and how is it affected by fluoridated toothpastes? Fraunhofer IMWS finds out.

 

Perfect bristles through virtual toothbrushing

Developing toothpastes and brushes is time-consuming: Numerous samples must be made and examined. Simulation can help to make this process faster and cheaper.

Environment

 

Optimised surfaces for reverse osmosis modules result in better performance

Ceramic or polymer membranes are used for reverse osmosis, upon which deposits, so-called microbial coatings are formed. The Fraunhofer IMWS researches solutions for anti-adhesive membranes.

 

Clean teeth, clean body, healthy environment

Together with partners from industry, Fraunhofer IMWS would like to replace microplastic particles dental care products with biologically degradable substances.

 

Full steam ahead!

In a science exhibition, Fraunhofer IMWS  presents its solution to prevent vessels from marine fouling.