From an article by Helen Knight at Phys.org:

Approximately one in 20 people will develop colorectal cancer in their lifetime, making it the third-most prevalent form of the disease in the U.S. In Europe, it is the second-most common form of cancer.

The most widely used first line of treatment is surgery, but this can result in incomplete removal of the tumor. Cancer cells can be left behind, potentially leading to recurrence and increased risk of metastasis. Indeed, while many patients remain cancer-free for months or even years after surgery, tumors are known to recur in up to 50 percent of cases.
Conventional therapies used to prevent tumors recurring after surgery do not sufficiently differentiate between healthy and cancerous cells, leading to serious side effects.

In a paper published today in the journal Nature Materials, researchers at MIT describe an adhesive patch that can stick to the tumor site, either before or after surgery, to deliver a triple-combination of drug, gene, and photo (light-based) therapy.

 

Read more

 

 

Image credit:  Ella Maru

timthumb.php_

Recent News

Biodegradable Bandage Based on Nanofibers

February 24th, 2018|0 Comments

For the very first time in Russia, researchers from NUST MISIS have developed a novel therapeutic material based on nanofibers. The nanofibers are composed of polycaprolactone altered with plasma components [...]

Tiny, light-powered wires to modulate brain’s electrical signals

February 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

The human brain largely remains a black box: How the network of fast-moving electrical signals turns into thought, movement and disease remains poorly understood. But it is electrical, so it [...]

A nanowire array to screen drugs for neurodegenerative diseases

February 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

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 [...]

Nanoparticles act as surgical blades for improved dental surgery

February 21st, 2018|0 Comments

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 [...]

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

February 20th, 2018|0 Comments

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 [...]

Long-Term Delivery of Nanomedicines

February 19th, 2018|0 Comments

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 [...]

VR Allows Scientists to Walk Through Cancer Cells

February 18th, 2018|0 Comments

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 [...]

Medical devices vulnerable to cyberattacks

February 17th, 2018|0 Comments

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 [...]

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

February 14th, 2018|0 Comments

  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), [...]

Nanobots Will Be Flowing Through Your Body by 2030

February 12th, 2018|0 Comments

  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 [...]

Nanomedical Brain/Cloud Interface: Explorations and Implications

February 11th, 2018|0 Comments

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 [...]

First hybrid nanotechnology device mimicking blood-brain barrier

February 10th, 2018|0 Comments

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 [...]

Change Observed in Molecular Structure of Nano-Confined Liquid Crystals

February 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Researchers have analyzed an interesting form of self-assembly in liquid crystals, at PETRA III X-ray source at DESY — on filling the liquid crystals into cylindrical nanopores and heating them, [...]

Biosensors will be inexpensive, do more, go everywhere

February 8th, 2018|0 Comments

When it comes to biometric sensors, human skin isn't an ally. It's an obstacle. The University of Cincinnati is developing cutting-edge methods to overcome this barrier without compromising the skin [...]

Cancer-Fighting Nanovaccines Activate Immune Cells to Target Tumor

February 7th, 2018|0 Comments

Although cancer-fighting nanovaccines have demonstrated immense potential, their clinical application has been hindered by complexities in quality control, large-scale manufacturing, and protection. Biomedical engineers from the National Institute of Biomedical [...]

Applying machine learning to the universe’s mysteries

February 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Computers can beat chess champions, simulate star explosions, and forecast global climate. We are even teaching them to be infallible problem-solvers and fast learners. And now, physicists at the Department [...]

Breathable, wearable electronics on skin for long-term health monitoring

February 5th, 2018|0 Comments

A hypoallergenic electronic sensor can be worn on the skin continuously for a week without discomfort, and is so light and thin that users forget they even have it on, [...]

Zero Gravity Graphene Promises Success In Space – with Video

February 4th, 2018|0 Comments

  Working as part of a collaboration between the Graphene Flagship and the European Space Agency, researchers from the Cambridge Graphene Centre tested graphene in microgravity conditions for [...]

Quick HIV detection method could diagnose early disease

February 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

A test capable of detecting HIV early using more efficient, robust methods has been developed by researchers at Imperial. The test in question could also be adapted to be used [...]

Nanomachines in living systems – on route to microcyborgs

February 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

From interaction with bacteria, propulsion based on cells, in vivo medical applications to even intracellular applications, the rapidly expanding development of micro- and nanomachines with sizes comparable to or even [...]

2015 Feynman Prize winner named 2018 Australian of the Year – Sydney scientist Professor Michelle Simmons

February 1st, 2018|0 Comments

From Foresight Institute: It is always a pleasure when those whose work toward Feynman’s goal for nanotechnology—molecular manufacturing, defined as the construction of atomically-precise products through the use of molecular [...]

Vivid animation shows history of token sales (Initial Coin Offerings), from the early days of 2014 to their meteoric rise in 2017

January 31st, 2018|0 Comments

    Many startups in the nanotechnology/ nanomedicine fields are taking the ICO route over the traditional venture capital path because of the low barriers to entry. The [...]

35 Amazing Real World Examples Of How Blockchain Is Changing Our World

January 29th, 2018|0 Comments

From an article by Bernard Marr, Contributor at Forbes.com: It's quickly becoming apparent that blockchain technology is about far more than just Bitcoin. Across finance, healthcare, media, government and other sectors, [...]

Blockchain Balance Issues: Why The Industry Needs Female Leaders

January 28th, 2018|0 Comments

From an article by Lisa Winning , Women@Forbes: To say that these past twelve months have been a time of reckoning with gender imbalances across industries is an understatement. From [...]

No human technology can fully replace “nature’s technology” – Time to bring our planet back from the brink

January 27th, 2018|0 Comments

No human technology can fully replace “nature’s technology”, perfected over hundreds of millions of years in delivering key services to sustain life on Earth. A productive, diverse natural world and [...]

European Commission supporting 34 incubators & tech centers from 13 EU countries. More to follow.

January 26th, 2018|0 Comments

From The European Commission Digital Single Market News: As part of the project “Smart Factories in new EU Member States”, 34 potential new Digital Innovation Hubs have been selected to [...]

These were the 7 most important scientific breakthroughs in 2017

January 24th, 2018|0 Comments

The pace of technological change is accelerating – and every new year seems to bring a more incredible list of scientific breakthroughs than the last. This time 2017 is no [...]

New neuron-like cells allow investigation into synthesis of vital cellular components

January 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Neuron-like cells created from a readily available cell line have allowed researchers to investigate how the human brain makes a metabolic building block essential for the survival of all living [...]

A Stopwatch for Nanofluids

January 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has filed a provisional patent application for a microflow measurement system, about the size of a nickel, that can track the movement [...]

A nanophenomenon that triggers the bone-repair process

January 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Researchers at the Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (ICN2), a Severo Ochoa research centre located in the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) Campus and member of the Barcelona Institute [...]

3D printing directly inside the body made possible by this Swiss needle

January 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Medical 3D printing in the subject of a new paper from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland discussing the possibility of endoscopic 3D printing inside the body. [...]

The nanoscopic structure that locks up our genes

January 18th, 2018|0 Comments

The new research shows that, although tightly packed, heterochromatin is perhaps less dense than previously thought. Made up of nucleosomes--roll-shaped bundles of DNA and protein--the heterochromatin is connected by a [...]

Nanoparticle-antioxidants to treat strokes and spinal cord injuries

January 17th, 2018|0 Comments

An international science team has developed an innovative therapeutic complex based on multi-layer polymer nano-structures of superoxide dismutase (SOD). The new substance can be used to effectively rehabilitate patients after [...]

3D printed microfibers could provide structure for artificially grown body part

January 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Much as a frame provides structural support for a house and the chassis provides strength and shape for a car, a team of Penn State engineers believe they have a [...]

What if editing genes could fight rare diseases? [EU Science and Technology Podcast]

January 15th, 2018|0 Comments

  From a post written by Mihalis Kritikos, posted by Scientific Foresight (STOA) at the EU: A new technique to simplify gene editing might herald a new era [...]

Health 4.0 as part of the HealthCare Innovation Week. January 16 – 17 in Düsseldorf, Germany

January 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Health 4.0 is a venue that brings together bright minds in healthcare to focus on the future. The biannual venue features great possibilities to network between payers and those offering [...]

Frank Boehm contributes to ‘The Physics of the Mind and Brain Disorders’ – Now available from Springer Press

January 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Frank Boehm (NanoApps Medical CEO) and Angelika Domschke contributed the chapter : “Application of a Conceptual Nanomedical Platform to Facilitate the Mapping of the Human Brain: Survey of Cognitive Functions [...]

Dr. Johannes Lierfeld – Do nanoethics exist? Nanoethics in the advent of advanced nano medicine

January 14th, 2018|0 Comments

  Dr. Johannes Lierfeld at the Innovate Healthcare Hackathon Cologne, Germany. "Do nanoethics exist? Are they a distinct field or a scientific phantasma? Forget that academic rubbish - [...]

Internet of Things Advances with New Breed of “Memristors”

January 13th, 2018|0 Comments

The internet of things is soon to arrive, but not until there are chips and components that can tackle the explosion of data that arrives with IoT. By 2020, nearly [...]

Innovate Healthcare January 12th-14th, 2018 in Cologne

January 12th, 2018|0 Comments

  innovate.healthcare is a hackathon for innovators passionate about disrupting healthcare with progressive ideas, creative thinking and active doing. We give you the opportunity to work on a [...]