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  • Nine Ways Chemistry Contributes to High Performing Buildings

    12 July 2016 | High Performing Building Magazine
    The choice of building materials is a key component in the construction of high-performing, or any, buildings. In many modern buildings, glass is the primary exterior building material. Structural silicone glazing (SSG) helps glass achieve larger spans and dimensions.
  • Placenta-on-a-chip models what is "arguably the least understood organ in the human body

    27 June 2016 | Gizmag
    The organ-on-a-chip concept has been around for a while now, providing researchers with working, lab-based models of heart disease, the human gut, and more. Now, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have created the first ever placenta-on-a-chip that can simulate the flow of nutrients between mother and fetus. The device could provide insights to help prevent preterm births. The new device, which is constructed largely from clear silicone, is about the size of a flash drive.
  • Bus passengers with visual or hearing impairments get helping wristband

    10 June 2016 | Medical Plastics News
    Primasil and Mobile Onboard have collaborated on a silicone rubber wearable device that vibrates and flashes to tell visually or hearing impaired passengers when their bus stop is approaching.
  • A Lifesaving Cup for When Babies Can't Nurse

    02 June 2016 | HowStuffWorks

    Infants who are not able to nurse — either due to a feeding disorder, health issue, or maternal death or sickness — are at risk for starvation or malnutrition. The World Health Organization recommends cup-feeding these infants. In areas with poor water quality and high risk of infection though, bottles, with their various nooks and crannies, can be rife with bacteria. A collaborative team from the University of Washington, Seattle Children's Hospital and the global nonprofit PATH have what they think might be a solution: the Neonatal Intuitive Feeding Technology cup. The NIFTY cup is made out of soft silicone and comes with a small, basin-like lip.

  • Silicone reshaping wearable medical devices

    12 May 2016 | Plastics News

    Silicone is changing the medical device world, one step at a time. As more and more consumers flock toward Fitbits and iWatches, devices that can monitor fitness on a rudimentary level, more advanced wearable medical devices gradually are becoming increasingly prevalent in clinical settings. In time these devices could allow hospitals to monitor patients remotely, reducing costs and increasing outpatient services.

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