Nanomedicine: Technologies and applications by Thomas Webster

By Thomas Webster

Nanotechnology is on the vanguard of advances in medication. The editor and individuals offer a huge overview of this interesting know-how and its transforming into variety of functions. After an advent to nanomedicine, half one discusses key fabrics and their homes, together with nanocrystalline metals and alloys, nanoporous gold and hydroxyapatite coatings. the center sections evaluation nanomedicine for therapeutics and imaging and speak about nanomedicine for tender tissue engineering, going over organ regeneration, dermis grafts, nanotubes and self-assembled nanomaterials. the ultimate team of chapters makes a speciality of nanomedicine for bone and cartilage tissue engineering, investigating electrically energetic biocomposites as clever scaffolds, cartilage and bone tissue engineering, regeneration and substitute.

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Cardiovascular infections, central nervous system (CNS) diseases and cancer have been the main therapeutic categories among commercial nanomedicine products so far. However, as more active nanostructures and the third and fourth generations of nanostructured materials come out by 2020, more advanced nanomedicine products in imaging and diagnostics, tissue reconstruction, biosensors, gene therapy, etc. will be brought to patients. Nanomedicine pioneer, Robert A. Freitas Jr (Freitas, 2005), published a paper reviewing ongoing attempts to build microrobots for in vivo medical use and he reported the first theoretical scaling analysis and mission design for a cell repair nanorobot in 2007.

2010). The issue of nanomedicine toxicity remains controversial and is an obstacle for public reception. In order to overcome that, more nanotoxicity risk assessments are demanded along with the development of every new nanomedicine. First of all, toxicity studies should aim to not only identify potential hazards, but also provide critical information for refinement of © Woodhead Publishing Limited, 2012 12 Nanomedicine nanomedicine. Second, international and multidiscipline collaborations are needed to best exploit the knowledge and experience of the nanomedicine community.

It will also result in reducing the cost of drug discovery, design and development and will result in the faster introduction of new cost-effective products to the market. For example, nanotechnology can be applied to current micro-array technologies, exponentially increasing the hit rate for promising compounds that can be screened for each target in the pipeline. Inexpensive and higher throughput DNA sequencers based on nanotechnology can rescue the time for both drug discovery and diagnostics.

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