Nanomedicine refers to highly specific medical intervention at the molecular level for curing disease or repairing damaged tissues. Though in its infancy, could we be looking at the future of medicine? Early clinical trials certainly look promising.
How Nanomedicine Works?
Nanomedicine works by injecting nanoparticles into the body. Can be used to: Deliver medicine, Find and treat disease, and repair damaged cells. One human hair is approximately 80,000 nanometers wide. Nanoparticles are between 1 and 100 nanometers in diameter.
Nanotechnology is already commonly used in sunscreen and to make tennis balls more bouncy.
Application of Nanomedicine
Drug delivery – using nanotechnology to deliver medicine, diabetic rats kept stable blood sugar levels for 10 days after injections.
Cancer diagnosis and treatment
Using microRNA from a patient’s blood plasma and nanotechnology: Medical professionals can determine if lung cancer is present… and begin treatment the same day.
Using Nano-Therm therapy to overheat brain cancer cells helps to destroy them: In clinical trials, those with recurrent glioblastoma survived a median of 13 months. More than double the survival rate of those who did not receive Nano-Therm therapy.
Today’s flu tests are:
Nanomedicine gold flu testing:
- Instant results
- Immediate treatment to prevent spreading to others
- Commercial nanotech testing no more than 5 years away
Nanomedicine can be used to test cell response to drugs. It can also provide instant feedback on how cells respond to medicine. Lastly, it can save years and millions of dollars on testing and clinical trials. Because of these reasons it is more effective than current medications.
In 1956, Arthur C. Clarke first wrote of the nanotechnology concept in a short story, The Next Tenants.
Advantages of Nanomedicine
- Faster diagnosis of many ailments
- More precise treatments of conditions like cancer
- Repair tissue deep within the body
- Target only diseased organs without destroying healthy tissue
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