26 Feb '15, 7pm

Magnetic Nanoparticles Promise to Prevent Strokes and Heart Attacks

Magnetic Nanoparticles Promise to Prevent Strokes and Heart Attacks

Magnetic nanoparticles have served as the foundation for a number of medical technologies , including drug delivery, medical imaging contrast agents and cancer diagnosis and treatment . Now researchers at Houston Methodist are loading up magnetic nanoparticles with drugs and camouflaging them from the immune systems so that they can destroy blood clots at a rate about 100 to 1000 times faster than a commonly used clot-busting technique. The researchers believe that if the technique proves successful in human trials that it could help prevent strokes, heart attacks and pulmonary embolisms. "We have designed the nanoparticles so that they trap themselves at the site of the clot, which means they can quickly deliver a burst of the commonly used clot-busting drug tPA where it is most needed," said Paolo Decuzzi, Ph.D., the study's co-principal investigator, in a press release....

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/nanoclast/biomedical/devices/mag...

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