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A nanowire array to screen drugs for neurodegenerative diseases

Using resources at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT), a team built tiny wires that can record the electrical activity of neurons in fine detail (Nano Letters, "High density individually addressable nanowire arrays record intracellular activity from primary rodent and human stem cell derived neurons"). The small-diameter wires penetrated the neuron cells. Once inside, the [...]

By | February 22nd, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

Nanoparticles act as surgical blades for improved dental surgery

Currently, more than 80 nanotechnologies have been approved for a variety of medical applications, from treating cancer to bioimaging to tissue remodeling. Now in a new study, researchers have shown that enzyme-containing nanoparticles can perform minor dental surgery and improve the outcome of dental braces for reorienting severely misaligned teeth into their proper position. Tests [...]

By | February 21st, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

A synthetic cell that produces anti-cancer drugs within a tumor

Technion-Israel Institute of Technology researchers have successfully treated a cancerous tumor using a "nano-factory" – a synthetic cell that produces anti-cancer proteins within the tumor tissue. The research, which was published in Advanced Healthcare Materials, combines synthetic biology, to artificially produce proteins, and targeted drug delivery, to direct the synthetic cell to abnormal tissues. The [...]

By | February 20th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

Long-Term Delivery of Nanomedicines

A good deal of the field of nanomedicine is focused on delivering drugs to specific sites within the body, such as specific organs or cancer tumors. While many nanomedicines have well developed targeting mechanisms, they often are best delivered a small amount at a time. Yet, continuous slow-release of nanomedicines has typically required the use [...]

By | February 19th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

VR Allows Scientists to Walk Through Cancer Cells

UNSW researchers are revolutionising medical research by creating virtual reality technology that allows scientists to walk around the landscape of human cells. Ground-breaking virtual reality technology is allowing multiple scientists to see inside a human cell at the same time, giving researchers a three-dimensional tool to improve doctor interaction and help analyse how cancer drugs [...]

By | February 18th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

Medical devices vulnerable to cyberattacks

Medical devices, such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines, are vulnerable to cyberattacks if they are not given regular security updates. Researchers from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, released a paper proving the relative ease of exploiting medical technology which uses out-of-date security software. This research highlights a potential [...]

By | February 17th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

All-terrain microbot moves by tumbling over complex topography (w/video)

  A new type of all-terrain microbot that moves by tumbling could help usher in tiny machines for various applications. The “microscale magnetic tumbling robot,” or µTUM (microTUM), is about 400 by 800 microns, or millionths of a meter, smaller than the head of a pin. A continuously rotating magnetic field propels the [...]

By | February 14th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

Nanobots Will Be Flowing Through Your Body by 2030

  In the next 10 or so years, your blood will probably be streaming with tiny nanorobots there to help keep you from getting sick or even transmit your thoughts to a wireless cloud. They will travel inside of you, on a molecular level, protecting the biological system and ensuring that you have [...]

By | February 12th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

Nanomedical Brain/Cloud Interface: Explorations and Implications

A New Book in Preparation by Frank Boehm This book embarks on an in depth exploration of the future (hypothetical) possibility that the cerebral cortex of the human brain might be seamlessly, safely, and securely connected with the Cloud as a Brain/Cloud Interface (B/CI). Such an envisaged nanomedically facilitated cognitive augmentation may consist of a [...]

By | February 11th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

First hybrid nanotechnology device mimicking blood-brain barrier

Researchers at IIT-Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia fabricated an artificial device reproducing a 1:1 scale model of the blood-brain barrier (BBB), the anatomical and functional structure that protects the central nervous system from external substances, such as contaminants, but also drugs when they are injected intravenously into the body. The device, which is a combination of [...]

By | February 10th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments