Current obstacles in Cancer Nanomedicine

Image: Human breast cancer cell tagged with quantum dots Cancer Nanomedicine is developing to cover a wide range of applications from imaging, diagnosing to treating cancers with targeted therapies. Cancer Nanomedicine works on the theory that nanometer sized particles of gold, nanomicelles and quantum dots (QDs) have unique functional properties that differ from other available […]

Nanomedicine Traps Cancer Cells in the Blood

One of the most common causes of death relating to cancer in patients with solid tumours is caused by tumour cells that break off from primary tumours. They can travel to other organs and tissues in the body and set up secondary tumour colonies known as metastasise.¬†These cells once in the peripheral bloodstream are known […]

Potential Drug Delivery System Developed at UC Santa Barbara

A new method to enhance drug delivery has been developed at UC Santa Barbara. The method utilizes a biological system of gaining access to cells. One of the most difficult barriers to cross in drug delivery is the movement of the drug from the circulation into the tissue. This technique provides a ay of achieving […]

Alzheimer’s Disease Detection With Golden Nanoparticles

A novel development from researchers at Jackson State University utilizes gold nanoparticles to detect a biomarker implicated in Alzheimer’s disease to a 100 fold sensitivity level to anything else that has been developed so far. This could pave the way for incredibly early detection of the neurodegenerative disease Alzheimer’s. The cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in patients […]

Golden Nanotubes to Highlight Cancer

Researchers at the University of Arkansas have developed a novel imaging technique that uses coated carbon nanotubes to map lymphatic endothelial cells for detecting cancer metastasis in sentinel lymph nodes. … With this technique it was demonstrated that the golden nanoparticles could be used to diagnose and treat the cancer at a cellular level.

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 […]

New Early Detection for Prostate Cancer

A group at the University of Leicester have developed a new method of both diagnosing and treating prostate cancer early. The technique uses ‘high-performance magnetic nanoparticles’ as probes that can be detected by MRI and can destroy the cancerous cells by hypothermia. This killing by hypothermia allows a much earlier killing of the canerous cells. […]

Lung Cancer Detection on the Breath

A research team lead by Dr. Hossam Halck at the Israel Institute of Technology have developed standard microprocessor manufacturing techniques to create sensing devices out of single walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs). These SWCNTs are coated with one of ten different non-polymeric, insulating organic materials. Each device reacts in a particular way when exposed to human […]

Microfluidic chip for rapidly identifying new drug candidates

Researchers at UCLA have devised a microfluidic device that can carry out up to 1,024 reactions at the same time. It is thought that this would benefit identification of new drug candidates by vastly accelerating the process of selection. Previously these chip devices have only been able to carry out a few reactions known as […]

Rapid Tuberculosis Testing Nano Detectors

A new nano device has been developed by a research team at Harvard Medical School led by Ralph Weissleder. The nano device is able to detect as little as 20 bacteria in 30 minutes. The biggest problem with current tests is how slow they are at diagnosis. The current benchmark test is a skin test […]

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