Water-retaining hydrogels – the unsung heroes of medicine

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Hydrogels, materials that can absorb and retain large quantities of water, could revolutionise medicine. Our bodies contain up to 60% water, but hydrogels can hold up to 90%. It is this similarity to human tissue that has led researchers to examine if these materials could be used to improve the treatment of a range of medical conditions including heart disease and cancer.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2016


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