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New gel coatings may lead to better catheters and condoms


July 18, 2017

Catheters, intravenous lines and other types of surgical tubing are a medical necessity for managing a wide range of diseases. But a patient's experience with such devices is rarely a comfortable one. Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have designed a gel-like material that can be coated onto standard plastic or rubber devices, providing a softer, more slippery exterior that can significantly ease a patient's discomfort. Full Story

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