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Novel nanogels hold promise for improved drug delivery to cancer patients

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NSF-funded researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have developed new guidelines for fabricating nanoscale gel materials, or nanogels,…
New capsule can orally deliver drugs that usually have to be injected

October 7, 2019

Many drugs, especially those made of proteins, cannot be taken orally because they are broken down in the…
Delivery system can make RNA vaccines more powerful

October 5, 2019

Vaccines made from RNA hold great potential as a way to treat cancer or prevent a variety of…
Nanoparticles used to transport anti-cancer agent to cells

September 27, 2019

Scientists from the University of Cambridge have developed a platform that uses nanoparticles known as metal-organic frameworks to…
Figure 1. Schematic of microshells enhancing HIFU in a potential glioblastoma clinical setting. Glioblastoma tumors initially suppress the immune system. Microshells enhanced image-guided HIFU to blow up the tumors and release tumor antigens. Simultaneous systemic blocking of PD-1, the break on T cells re-awakens the immune system to establish tumor immunity. Figure by James Wang/UCSD
Exploding Shells Boost Immune Response to Brain Cancer

September 24, 2019

For patients diagnosed with a certain type of brain cancer called glioblastoma, long-term survival is rare. Surgery can…
Researchers enlist tiny biomagnets for faster drug discovery

September 24, 2019

What started as a hallway conversation between colleagues is now an “engine for the discovery of new therapeutic…
Researchers develop thermo-responsive protein hydrogel

September 24, 2019

Imagine a perfectly biocompatible, protein-based drug delivery system durable enough to survive in the body for more than…
Tiny capsules packed with gene-editing tools offer alternative to viral delivery of gene therapy

September 10, 2019

New tools for editing genetic code offer hope for new treatments for inherited diseases, some cancers, and even…
A new way to deliver drugs with pinpoint targeting

August 20, 2019

Most pharmaceuticals must either be ingested or injected into the body to do their work. Either way, it…
Nanoscale “Glass” Bottles Could Enable Targeted Drug Delivery

August 16, 2019

Tiny silica bottles filled with medicine and a special temperature-sensitive material could be used for drug delivery to…
New Multi-Material 3D Nano-Printing Technique Promises a Revolution in Optics, Photonics, and Biomedicine

July 24, 2019

A group of engineers from the University of Maryland (UMD) have developed a new technique for printing multi-material…
Artificial cells can deliver molecules better than the real thing

July 17, 2019

From pills to vaccines, ways to deliver drugs into the body have been constantly evolving since the early…
Post-doctoral researcher Shuailong Zhang and Professor Aaron Wheeler have designed microrobots – depicted on the screens behind them – that can be used in conjunction with optoelectronic tweezers to manipulate cell material (photo by Dan Haves/University of Toronto)
Researchers use tiny microrobots to ‘scoop up,’ transport and deliver cell material

July 9, 2019

Researchers from the University of Toronto have demonstrated a novel and non-invasive way to manipulate cells through microrobotics.…
Confining cell-killing treatments to tumors

June 30, 2019

Cytokines, small proteins released by immune cells to communicate with each other, have for some time been investigated…
Researchers reach milestone in use of nanoparticles to kill cancer with heat

June 27, 2019

Researchers at Oregon State University have developed an improved technique for using magnetic nanoclusters to kill hard-to-reach tumors.…
“Nanoemulsion” gels offer new way to deliver drugs through the skin

June 25, 2019

MIT chemical engineers have devised a new way to create very tiny droplets of one liquid suspended within…
‘Submarines’ small enough to deliver medicine inside human body

May 27, 2019

Cancers in the human body may one day be treated by tiny, self-propelled ‘micro-submarines’ delivering medicine to affected…
Scientists are developing nano-submarines for drug delivery

May 27, 2019

Treating diseases on cellular level is extremely difficult because of the microscopic scale. It is especially true for…
Jawless fish take a bite out of the blood-brain barrier

May 16, 2019

A jawless parasitic fish could help lead the way to more effective treatments for multiple brain ailments, including…
New nanomedicine slips through the cracks

April 25, 2019

In a recent study in mice, researchers found a way to deliver specific drugs to parts of the…
Cannabidiol could help deliver medications to the brain

April 24, 2019

Cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive compound in cannabis, is being touted as beneficial for many health conditions, ranging from…
Rice students work up wearable to halt allergic reactions

April 19, 2019

Engineering team prototypes EpiWear to keep emergency medication at hand at all times. What if, in an emergency,…
Smart antioxidant-containing polymer responds to body chemistry, environment

April 18, 2019

Oxidants found within living organisms are byproducts of metabolism and are essential to wound-healing and immunity. However, when…
A new method for precision drug delivery: painting

March 1, 2019

If traditional drug delivery were a type of painting, it might be akin to paintball. With good aim,…
Engineer to develop a drug-filled gel to repair heart after heart attack

February 25, 2019

After a heart attack, the cells in the heart muscle cannot get enough nutrients and oxygen to survive,…
Diamagnetic graphite nanoparticles could become new drug delivery vehicles

February 24, 2019

Nanoparticles are going to begin the next big change in medicine. It is going to take quite a…
Micromotors deliver oral vaccines

February 14, 2019

Vaccines have saved millions of lives, but nobody likes getting a shot. That’s why scientists are trying to…
New pill can deliver insulin

February 12, 2019

An MIT-led research team has developed a drug capsule that could be used to deliver oral doses of…
Long-Acting Contraceptive Designed to be Self-Administered Via Microneedle Patch

January 16, 2019

A new long-acting contraceptive designed to be self-administered by women may provide a new family planning option, particularly…
Bioinspired nanoscale drug delivery method developed by PNNL, WSU researchers

January 15, 2019

Approach avoids potential toxicity Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Washington State University researchers have developed a novel way…
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