Medicine
The Artificial FingerThe Artificial Finger

To touch something is to understand it – emotionally and cognitive. It´s one of our important six senses, which we use and need in our daily lives. But accidents or illnesses can disrupt us from our sense of touch

July 2012
A touchy feely artificial fingerA touchy feely artificial finger

Performing surgery remotely has, until now, produced good results. Now, adding a layer of sophistication to the process, researchers are developing an artificial finger capable of giving sensory feedback

July 2012
Pietro Gucciardi – Working towards a single-molecule biosensorPietro Gucciardi – Working towards a single-molecule biosensor

A special interaction between light and matter, plasmons, will increase the sensitivity and ease in using biosensors for detecting disease biomarkers. 

July 2014
Nanodiamonds: a cancer patient’s best friend?Nanodiamonds: a cancer patient’s best friend?

Real-time monitoring of cancer cell processes could soon be possible thanks to nanometric scale diamonds used as biosensors

October 2013
Gold nanoparticles enhance cancer diagnosticsGold nanoparticles enhance cancer diagnostics

Early cancer diagnosis is key to increasing patients’ chance of survival. Gold nanoparticles have attracted increasing  attention from cancer researchers due to their ability to improve cancer diagnostics substantially

June 2012
Artificial Noses as Diseases BustersArtificial Noses as Diseases Busters

Researchers are now developing new artificial noses for disease diagnostics applications. They have yet to meet the challenge of distinguishing different smells to detect different diseases

June 2012
New nanocarbon materials for biomedical uses will soon reach the marketNew nanocarbon materials for biomedical uses will soon reach the market

“Biomedical carbons, could be used, among others, for wound treatment and for blood filtration” Prof. Steve Tennison says.

February 2012
Miguel Holgado: “You need to advance a lot in your technology to negotiate with investors”Miguel Holgado: “You need to advance a lot in your technology to negotiate with investors”

Thanks to the EU support to technology transfer, a label-free immunoassay system utilizing advanced optical and micro-nano technology is reaching the market.

February 2012
Dr. Philippe Bergonzo “Deteriorated photoreceptors can be activated through nanodiamond retinal prostheses”Dr. Philippe Bergonzo “Deteriorated photoreceptors can be activated through nanodiamond retinal prostheses”

In France, nanotechnology is used in the medical field to create artificial biocompatible retinas. Synthetic diamond nanomaterials coat the electrodes that transmit electrical information to the retina, replacing the action of photoreceptors that have deteriorated

July 2011
Nano Nose Smells CancerNano Nose Smells Cancer

New methods relying on an electronic nose and optoacoustics to improve prostate cancer diagnosis techniques and avoid fatal treatment delays 

May 2012
Wooden BonesWooden Bones

Scientists are looking for new ways to transform complex and organized structures already existing in nature to rebuild bones out of wood

August 2011
From wood to boneFrom wood to bone

Regenerating bones with materials of natural origin that can bear a lot of weight might not be science-fiction anymore. Scientists are looking for new ways to transform complex and organized structures that already exist in nature into a device to improve bone and ligament substitution

August 2011
Regenerating the Ear and the EyeRegenerating the Ear and the Eye

Repairing a defective ear or even an eye is no longer science fiction. Nano-technology can help to make medical history.

June 2011
Nanosized diamonds enable progress in retinal prosthesesNanosized diamonds enable progress in retinal prostheses

Research groups in several countries are making progress in retinal prosthesis development. If they achieve their aims, patients who have gone blind, due to loss of their photoreceptors, could recover a better simplified form of vision than with available prostheses. One of the groups shows that diamonds could lead the way

June 2011
Nanoparticle therapeutics helping hearing disordersNanoparticle therapeutics helping hearing disorders

For millions of people hearing disorders make a negative impact on their lives. Scientists are looking into new ways of treating hearing disorders, by using different sorts of nanoparticles as original inner ear delivery devices. Their hope is that nanoparticles will be able to deliver drugs that can improve or restore hearing

June 2011
The Magic TouchThe Magic Touch

A new prosthetic hand developed at the University of Lund, Sweden, gives hope to amputees to regain hand mobility and touch feeling

May 2010
Uncertainties surrounding nanoparticles aimed for medical useUncertainties surrounding nanoparticles aimed for medical use

Nanomedicine holds a lot of promise, but many questions remain before nanoparticles (NPs) can be widely used in this field. Reports revealed adverse effects in different models, but the effects in humans are unclear

September 2010
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