Instantaneous Blood Analysis

Academics at the University of Southampton have developed a hand-held device that can be used to screen blood samples instantaneously. The device uses a chip, which is a microfluidic device with electrodes positioned in channels along its length. The blood flows through the device and the count of white blood cells is recorded. The different […]

Could Suncream be a Cause of Alzheimer’s Disease?

  A research group at the University of Ulster are investigating a possbile link between nanoparticels such as those found in suncream and Alzheimer’s disease. Professor Vyvyan Howard (toxicologist) and Dr Christian Holscher (expert in Alzheimer’s disease) have been awarded £350,000 to investigate any link that may present itself between nanoparticles and neurodegenerative disorders. There is […]

Response to Study Linking Nanoparticles to Pulmonary Fibrosis

  An aforementioned study to be realeased in the next issue of the ERJ has already warranted a response from certain members of the scientific community. The response highlights some of the reasons that could be attributed to the deaths seen as being caused by nanoparticles. There is no denial that some forms of nanoparticles […]

Breaking a Force Transducer

Today started like any other day in the lab. I started at 9 am walked past a colleagues desk said hi and went about my business for the day. I prepared fibres and got them ready for force measurement. I was lining the fibre up underneath the light microscope mounted between two hooks (one of […]

Needles a thing of the Past?

Great news for anyone that is afraid of needles! There has been a new design for a painless microneedle patch that may eliminate the need for hypodermic needles. It may put to an end the need for annual flu shots. More than this the microneedle system would make giving injections as simple as applying a […]

The International Journal of Nanomedicine

The International Journal Of Nanomedicine is a peer-reviewed journal , which encompasses applications of nanotechnology in drug delivery, diagnostics and therapeutics. Highlighting the emerging field of medical nanotechnology the journal reports research and development in areas where there are potential clinical applications for the prevention and treatment of disease. Currently the IJN is obtainable as […]

First Concrete Link Described Between Nanoparticles and Pulmonary Fibrosis

A study to be published in the next issue of the European Respiratory Journal (ERJ) has claimed the first concrete evidence that exposure to nanoparticles can cause disease. The discovery was made in workers who are exposed to nanoparticles during adhesive paint production, which have subsequently gone on to develop severe pulmonary fibrosis. Two of […]

Nano-magnets as Roadmap from Stem Cells to Damaged Tissue

A new technique for targeting stem cells towards sites of cardiovascular injury has been developed at UCL. This technique would increase the regeneration of the damaged tissues. The technique involves targeting endothelial progenitor cells have been magnetically tagged with an iron containing agent. The progenitor cells can then be directed towards the damaged arterial cells […]

How big is your fibre?

No this isn’t a macho statement in fact its very scientific statement. As part of the fibre contraction process you have to make sure that the sarcomere length is approximately 2.4 micrometer long. This is because you get the maximal functional overlap between the myosin heads of the thick filament and the actin filament of […]

Bacterial Nanomagnets for Medical Imaging

  A group at the University of Tokyo have found a type of anerobic marine bacteria that produce magnetosomes, which are thought to help them navigate by following the earths magnetic field. These magnetosomes are formed by filling fatty vesicles with iron. This iron is then oxidised to form magnetite a highly magnetic form of iron. These […]

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