Research News/Biomaterials Highlights IX: Materials with active bone-bonding ability have found applications in medicine for coatings of, for example, load-bearing dental or orthopedic implants. These bioactive materials, which are based on calcium-phosphate-containing glasses of glass ceramics or Caphosphate-ceramics, have the problem however that they do not perform well under shear loading. The various materials employed and the factors which affect their performance are discussed.
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