Unlocking milk's formula could save lives, say scientists
(Phys.org) —A new study on the digestion of milk could lead to the development of new formulas for premature babies, weight loss drinks and potentially new drug delivery systems.
Targeting tumors using silver nanoparticles
Scientists at UC Santa Barbara have designed a nanoparticle that has a couple of unique—and important—properties. Spherical in shape and silver in composition, it is encased in a shell coated with a peptide ...
Engineers build world's smallest, fastest nanomotor
Researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have built the smallest, fastest and longest-running tiny synthetic motor to date. The team's nanomotor is an important ...
Mice study enables view of nanoparticle accumulation
Researchers demonstrate that processing can affect size of nanocarriers for targeted drug delivery
Significant advances have been made in chemotherapy over the past decade, but targeting drugs to cancer cells while avoiding healthy tissues continues to be a major challenge.
A pocket-size ultrasonic nebulizer employing a novel nozzle improves inhalers
Inhalation is an increasingly important route for non-invasive drug delivery for both systemic and local applications. Control of particle size and output plays a critical role in the efficient and effective ...
Curves alter crystallization, study finds
Scientists have studied crystallization since the time of Galileo, so it's easy to imagine there's nothing new to learn about the process. Harvard researchers might beg to differ.
Nanodiamond-embedded contact lenses may improve glaucoma treatment
(Phys.org) —By 2020, nearly 80 million people are expected to have glaucoma, a disorder of the eye that, if left untreated, can damage the optic nerve and eventually lead to blindness.
Electronically controlled "smart" drugs could minimize side effects
Potential side effects of many of today's therapeutic drugs can be downright frightening—just listen carefully to a drug commercial on TV. These effects often occur when a drug is active throughout the ...
Biomaterials for the 21st century and how they will change our lives
In Robert Langer's vision of the future, the paralyzed walk, the sick are healed, the maimed are whole again, and it all happens through bioengineering.
Silk coat for diamonds makes sleek new imaging and drug delivery tool
(Phys.org) —Silk and diamonds aren't just for ties and jewelry anymore. They're ingredients for a new kind of tiny glowing particle that could provide doctors and researchers with a novel technique for ...
Developing methods for building precise nanostructures
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have received a $540,000 federal grant to devise methods for building minute structures tailored to precisely deliver medicines to tumors or carry dyes that help imaging technologies ...
To treat cancer, is the force strong with nanorobots?
(Phys.org) —Every day, more than 20,000 people around the world succumb to cancer, according to statistics compiled by the World Health Organization. Thousands more continue to suffer through treatment ...
Research paves path for hybrid nano-materials that could replace human tissue or today's pills
A team of researchers has uncovered critical information that could help scientists understand how protein polymers interact with other self-assembling biopolymers. The research helps explain naturally occurring nano-material ...