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Catheter Innovation Destroys Dangerous Biofilms

New design from Duke engineers could reduce threat of infection from millions of urinary catheters
For the millions of people forced to rely on a plastic tube to eliminate their urine, developing an infection is nearly a 100 percent guarantee after just four weeks. But with the help of a little bubble-blowing, biomedical engineers hope to bring relief to urethras everywhere.

About half of the time, the interior of long-term urinary catheters become plagued by biofilms—structures formed

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