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Google is using human skin to develop a cancer-detecting wristband

Google is using human skin to develop a cancer-detecting wristband | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
The wristband would work in tandem with a pill that would send nanoparticles through the body to latch on to markers of different conditions and diseases including cancer, Andrew Conrad, head of Google Life Sciences
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Nanoparticles sent from a pill would cause the cancer cells to light up, allowing the wristband to record whether there are dangerous cells in the body.

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Nanoparticles Developed to Deliver Chemotherapy Agents to Cancer Cells

Nanoparticles Developed to Deliver Chemotherapy Agents to Cancer Cells | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Hair loss, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, loss of appetite, loss of eye lashes and eye brows, susceptibility to infection – the list of possible side effects from chemotherapy is lengthy.
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Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research (IAP) in Germany have developed a therapy that selectively kills off tumor cells without damaging healthy tissue. If this therapy can be made to work it would be a major step forward in eliminating many of the side effects associated with chemotherapy treatment.

The therapy is based on the use of nanoparticles as the vehicles for delivery of the anti-cancer chemotherapy agents. The structure of the nanoparticles resembles cells which are able to carry the pharmaceutical substances to the tumor cells selectively to efficiently eliminate them.

The efficacy of the approach has been proven in laboratory tests.

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Experimental Cancer Therapy Invented by Calgary High School Student

Experimental Cancer Therapy Invented by Calgary High School Student | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
An Alberta high school student has taken top prize in this year’s Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada contest with his research into an experimental therapy that uses nanoparticles to kill cancer cells.
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Even input from a 16 year-old can help to advance cancer therapy.

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Nanoparticles in Tattoo Ink May Cause Cancer

Nanoparticles in Tattoo Ink May Cause Cancer | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Nanoparticles are widely found in tattoo ink, but did you know that there may be health risks associated with these particles?
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Tattoo inks are largely unregulated and known to contain cancer-causing compounds. University of Bradford researchers have found that the tattoo process remodels collagen (the body’s main connective tissue), and nanoparticles from tattoo ink were found to exist in both the collagenous network of the skin as well as around blood vessels. This suggests that the ink particles are leaving the surface of the skin and traveling elsewhere in the body, where they could potentially enter organs and other tissues.

Nanoparticles are ultramicroscopic in size, making them able to readily penetrate the skin and travel to underlying blood vessels and the bloodstream. Evidence suggests that some nanoparticles may induce toxic effects in the brain and cause nerve damage, and some may also be carcinogenic.

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New Approach to Lung Cancer Treatment

New Approach to Lung Cancer Treatment | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
A new drug delivery system for treating lung cancer allow chemotherapeutic drugs to be inhaled, thereby delivering the drug where it is needed while reducin...
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Researchers from Oregon State University (OSU), Rutgers University and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey have developed a new transport delivery method for anticancer drugs for lung cancer.

The new method uses nanoparticles as the carrier, inhaled into the lungs. The nanoparticles contain the chemotherapeutic drugs. This innovative method means that the amount of the drug delivered to the lungs increases significantly - from 23 percent via injection, to 83 percent using the inhalation approach. Using the conventional injection approach the drugs tend to accumulate in the liver, kidney and spleen before they can be delivered to the site of the lung cancer.

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Diaana G. Loopez's curator insight, May 31, 2013 10:17 PM

Es muy interesante el tema de medicina en general, pero en especial, me enfoco en oncología.

Diaana G. Loopez's curator insight, May 31, 2013 10:33 PM

Nueva droga para tratar el cancer!!!