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Essential Science: Gold nanoparticles to assess diseases

Gold nanoparticles, just 100 nanometers in size, have been developed to offer a truly innovative solution for health screenings. When these particles are coated they can be used to track blood flow within the smallest blood vessels in the body.

Injectable nanoparticles delay tumor progression

Virus particles, which normally infect potatoes, have been adapted to act as cancer drug delivery devices. Trials have been successfully attempted using mice.

'Sticky' nanoparticles help boost body's cancer defenses

Following cancer treatment the immune system will start to track down and kill cancerous cells. To enhance this process researchers have experimented with nanoparticles, designed to enhance cancer treatment.

Nanoparticles in air pollution lead to heart disease

Edinburgh - A new study shows how tiny particles associated with air pollution are linked with cardiovascular disease. These particles, which enter the lungs, can lead to premature death.

Gold nanoparticles used to rapidly detect Ebola

While the Ebola pandemic in West Africa was eventually tackled the risk remains that the viral disease will re-emerge. To better equipped a new diagnostic method has been developed to allow for the rapid detection of the disease.

Worms munch nanoparticles to improve sensors

Scientists have used tiny worms to digest nanoparticles wrapped around bacteria. The study has been run to see how cellular forces affect nanomedicine.

Nanosensor devised for terrorist threats

A key resource in the so-called ‘war on terror’ is with the early detection of hazardous threats to civilian populations. One way to accomplish this is through the use of sensors. A new, accurate sensor has been developed.

Nanotechnology explains dust mite allergies

Dust allergies relates to mites that live and feed on dust particles (with most dust being composed of skin cells). Researchers have made a breakthrough in explaining allergies using nanotechnology.

Bone healing advanced through crab shell protein

An advancement in nanotechnology: scientists have succeeded in combining a sugar, extracted from crab and shrimp shells, with nanomaterials. This is the building block for bone regeneration and wound healing.

Nanoparticle injections protect joints from injury

A research study, using novel nanoparticles, where the particles are injected into joints, has protected cartilage from damage. This is based on studies in mice.

Nanoparticles used to differentiate healthy and cancerous cells

Medical technologists have fashioned synthetic nanoparticles to track down cancerous cells and to enable medics to differentiate cancerous cells from healthy cells. The technique should enable better targeted treatments.

Fire resistant paper developed thanks to nanotech

A step forward in safety: researchers have developed a fire resistant paper, based on nanowires. In addition, the paper is also bacterial resistant and this helps reduce the spread of infections.

Strengthening materials through nano-extracts from trees

Could parts of a tree be used to strengthen car bumpers and fenders? Could these biological parts be recycled from trees felled in the rainforest? This idea may seem bizarre but it has the potential to protect cars from bumps and crashes.

Veggie juice used for medical examinations

Studying the intestines of people is a critical part of the medical exam. The means to do this, using dyes, are not always the most efficient for a complete diagnostic. To improve this, researchers have looked at a pigment from spinach.

Bouncing nano-droplets remove contaminants

Imagine self-cleaning, hydrophobic surfaces and how useful they could be: windscreens that repel raindrops; airplane wings that de-ice, and so on. May sound like sci-fi, but it’s a step closer thanks to nanotechnology.

Nanotechnology used to combat heart disease

Nanomedicine represents one of the most promising areas of medical technology. In a new application, researchers have used nanoparticles to address the effects of atherosclerosis.

Medical tech helps improve drug delivery

Targeting drugs to the right spot within the human body is critical for the successful application of a medicine. Many compounds, however, don't hit the exact spot. New research is attempting to improve the focus of drug delivery.

Nanoparticles created to seek out cancer cells

Moscow - A key application of nanotechnology is in the medical field and one useful application is with the early detection of cancerous cells. Researchers from Russia report on a new innovation.

Feeding the world through the use of nanoparticles

Saint Louis - With the world's population soon expected to reach eight billion, scientists have been working to find a way to produce enough food to feed all those hungry mouths. A team of engineers has found a way to do this using nanoparticles.

Using nanoparticles to block asthma

A biodegradable nanoparticle has been used to treat asthma and other allergies in a radically different type of research. The particles act in a way to stop the immune system from attacking an allergen and thus preventing the allergic response.

Potential prostate cancer treatment announced

A new therapeutic drug for the treatment of prostate cancer has been trialed, and shown to be effective. The drug inhibits a protein known to contribute to the disease.

Cancer battling nanoparticle method devised

A means of combating aggressive breast cancer with a drug based on nanotechnology has been developed. In animal trials, metastatic cancer was successfully treated, paving the way for human trials.

Nanoparticle delivery system to tackle cancer

Directing drug treatment to tumors is a hit-or-miss activity. Considerable research efforts are going into improving targeted drug delivery. A new approach centers on nanotechnology.

Bubble pen paves the way for improved technology

Austin - Scientists have created a "bubble pen," and the technique of bubble-pen lithography, to inscribe nanoparticles onto a surface.

Bones self-repair thanks to nanotechnology

University of Michigan researchers have created a polymer sphere capable of delivering a molecule directly into bone wounds. The molecule instructs cells at the injury site to repair the damage.

How nanoparticles can be used to cure tumors

A combination of nanoparticles, heat and ultrasound has proved effective for the elimination of tumors in studies conducted on mice.

New super glue only becomes sticky when crushed

Researchers in Japan have invented a new type of glue that is dry and non-sticky until it is crushed. Once broken up the substance acts like any other adhesive.

Nanoparticles used to boost tomato growth

Food scientists are keen to find ways to boost food production, and one way to create novel foods is through the use of nanotechnology. One area under review is tomatoes.

Nanoparticles in our food — Added without public knowledge

Our food supply is not nearly as safe as we are led to believe, although it is much better than it was before we had the Food and Drug Administration. However, there are some disturbing gaps in food safety that the majority of us know little about.

Treating cardiac arrhythmia with nanoparticles

Researchers have come up with a new nanoparticle that has the potential to become a targeted therapy for cardiac arrhythmia, a major cause of heart disease.
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