Mussel superglue could fix bones
This web site, provided by BBC News, briefly describes a new glue that could be used to repair broken bones. What properties does the glue have that make it so tough? How is it related to Mussels?
Massachusetts General Hospital describes a relatively new procedure for healing vertebrae fractures called vertebroplasty at this site. Click on “What is vertebroplasty”. Where and when was this procedure first developed?
Total Joint Replacement
This page describes the procedure for a total joint replacement, which is when a damaged joint is removed and replaced with a prosthesis, or an artificial joint. Find out what a joint is and why a replacement is sometimes necessary. What things does a joint replacement patient do to recover from the procedure?
Food and Drug Administration
Yorick is a bionic skeleton. Investigate the medical devices that doctors are using to help people who have lost a body part to injury or disease. Click learn more about Yorick to see the skeleton. Then click a medical device to see where it is located in Yorick’s body and how it works. What might cause a person to need to have this medical device put into his or her body?
How Stuff Works
How Artificial Vision Will Work describes how scientists are studying ways to help people who have lost their vision to diseases affecting the retina. Doctors have implanted artificial devices called silicon microchips into blind patients to help restore some of their seeing abilities. What is an artificial silicon retina (ASR)?