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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Unlike many in the top ten, Fitzgerald has actually appeared in a Super Bowl. He caught seven passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns in the Cardinals’ Super Bowl XLIII loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers seven years ago. Fitzgerald’s 64-yard touchdown catch with 2:37 remaining gave Arizona a 23-20 lead and is still one of the most iconic plays in franchise history.Topping Harrison’s list is Denver Broncos outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware, who has a chance to graduate from the club with a win over the Panthers in Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7.Cleveland tackle Joe Thomas, Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson, Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson and Dallas tight end Jason Witten round out the top five.Ranking below Fitzgerald are Carolina defensive end Jared Allen, San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers, Indianapolis wide receiver Andre Johnson and Baltimore wide receiver Steve Smith. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It’s not exactly a club you want membership in: the best active NFL players who have never won a Super Bowl. Unfortunately for Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, he’s in it, according to NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison. Fitzgerald ranks sixth on Harrison’s list of the top ten current NFL players who have never hoisted the Lombardi Trophy.Fitzgerald certainly owns the career numbers (1,018 receptions for 13,366 yards and 98 touchdowns) to merit inclusion on this list. And then, when you add in his postseason career and his ability to lift his game against the top competition, it becomes even more apparent that this is a player who more than deserves a Super Bowl ring. He is the only player ever to have three games of 150-plus receiving yards in the playoffs, and he has more postseason touchdown catches (10) than any other active player.Many thought this would be the year that Fitzgerald graduated from the dubious club. In his 12th season in the league, Fitzgerald caught a career-high 109 passes for 1,215 yards and nine touchdowns in helping the Cardinals to a 13-3 regular-season record, an NFC West title and an appearance in the NFC Championship Game. Top Stories Arizona Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald stands with his teammates before the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn) Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Researchers develop film to prevent bacteria from growing on dental retainers and

first_imgMay 24 2018Clear, plastic aligners have been growing in popularity as alternatives to bulky, metal braces. And once the teeth are straightened, patients graduate to plastic retainers to maintain the perfect smile. But these appliances can become contaminated, so one group is now reporting in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces that they have developed a film to prevent bacteria from growing on them.According to the American Association of Orthodontists, more than 5 million people seek orthodontic treatments each year. These procedures include braces and aligners, a set of plastic pieces that shift the teeth slightly over time, in an attempt to fix crowded jaws, over- and under-bites and improperly aligned teeth. Clear aligners or retainers, known collectively as clear overlay appliances (COAs) are made by taking a dental cast and using pressure or heat on a plastic sheet. But bacteria frequently build up on COAs as difficult-to-treat biofilms, and the plastics easily wear down. Scientists have turned to developing simple and affordable coatings to combat this. Drawing inspiration from super-hydrophilic antibacterial coatings on other medical devices, Hyo-Won Ahn, Jinkee Hong and colleagues wanted to see if they could make something similar for COAs in the unique oral environment.The researchers took a polymer sheet made of polyethylene terephthalate that was modified with glycol (PETG) and layered films of carboxymethylcellulose and chitosan on it. This layered film created a super-hydrophilic surface, or a surface that loves water, that prevented bacteria from adhering. When PETG with the film was compared to the bare material, bacterial growth was reduced by 75 percent. The coated plastic also was stronger and more durable, even when tested with artificial saliva and various acidic solutions. Source:https://www.acs.org/last_img read more