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  Scientists claim smart materials used in medical devices are safe

Photo of article Contrary to popular belief, modern technological materials such as shape memory alloys (SMAs) that are increasingly used in a wide range of medical devices and implants are entirely biocompatible and should not induce health problems, according to a European team of scientists. SMAs are favoured for their ability to be bent and squeezed into a target body cavity or vessel after which they then revert to their original, working shape, but concerns have been voiced about the toxicity of SMAs which often contain nickel or copper. The findings of the study were published in the International Journal of Immunological Studies.

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Published: 5 October 2010

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