A brief explanation

Access to clean, safe drinking water — a basic human right. Or, so we thought…

Over 785 million people across the world don’t have access to a basic drinking-water source. This has researchers around the world trying to find ways to develop forms of water treatment solutions and applications using nanotechnology so that this number can be significantly decreased.

Around 2 billion people are using a contaminated water supply, and in the United States, many cases of contaminated water are well know like in Flint, Newark, Skid Row, etc. …


An approach using nanotech to improve wound healing and antibacterial properties

It’s the 1920s, Johnson and Johnson is well established for their production of large, cotton gauze dressings that are sterile and sealed against germs — a first of its kind. An employee by the name of Earle Dickson is recently married to a young, rather accident-prone woman. Her domestic cuts and burns are too minor for the company’s large surgical dressings, so Earle, in a moment of vision, cuts a small square of the sterile gauze (the white part of the band-aid) and secures it to her finger with an adhesive strip.

Earle is forced to make so many of…


Using nanotech to improve wound healing speeds and prevent bacterial infections

The Problem

Looking at face value, the wound healing problem seems little and nonexistent, as wounds seem to heal fast and infection rarely happens. While that may seem like the case, the reality is much different.

Time

How long it takes to heal a wound depends on how large or deep the cut is. It may take up to a few years to completely heal. An open wound may take longer to heal than a closed wound.

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, after about 3 months, most wounds are repaired. The new skin and tissue is about 80 percent as strong as it…


An approach using HAp/CTS nanofibrous scaffolds

Not too long ago, around early November, one of the best players in the NFL got injured. The all-pro tight end had fractured his cuboid bone, rendering him out for the rest of the 49ers season, destroying their chances of a playoff appearance.

Being a fan of the team, I was extremely devastated to hear the loss of George Kittle. But I was even more devastated when I heard he would be out for most of the rest of the season, and to put that in perspective, that’s about 6-8 weeks. …


How we can optimize nano-sized particles/materials to heal patients

Introduction

Being a very passionate football fan, I enjoy watching the many NFL games every Sunday. However, there has never seemed to have been a week where at least 1 person did not get injured. Whether it be a rib injury, torn ACL/MCL, torn hamstring, bones broken, etc., all the players usually don’t get another chance to play that season since they have to heal and recover— extremely disheartening to see.

Not just in professional sports, but people in general suffer from many injuries that are life-threatening or take much too long to heal, putting a halt on their lives. …


What seemed like science fiction, is actually a reality… Welcome to the world of nanotechnology.

A Brief Introduction

I’m sure you’ve heard this term at least once in your life wondering what it could possibly be. To start, the word “technology” is kind of misleading considering today’s views on this word.

We usually assume “tech” has to do with a computer chip, something electronic, or even code. But, that’s far from the truth, well kind of. Technology is really just the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes.

So that leads us to the common definition of nanotechnology: Any object that is studied or fabricated with at least one dimension that is less than 100nm in size.


June 07, 2014. A day I’ll never forget. Just a few days before, my great grandmother had been diagnosed with a glioblastoma. She was scheduled to have surgery to remove the tumor on this day. The doctor said it will be an easy procedure as the tumor had not spread so far. Little did I know, it was just false hope.

After the surgery, the doctor told us that most of the tumor had been removed, so she should be fine. But no longer than 9 months later, she had died from cancer.

How? What? I thought the cancer was…


Nanomedicines are perhaps at the heart of next-gen medicine. But what is it? Nanomedicines consist of active pharmaceutical ingredients or APIs such as small molecules packaged into nano-sized carriers made of excipients (basically vehicles for substances) like lipids and polymers. Nanoparticles tend to be smaller than cells but larger than most biomolecules, so the nanomedicine can interact with the body differently than the API alone. The properties of nanomedicines can be designed to control when and where in the body the API is available.

An Overview

Nanomedicine uses the properties developed by a material at its nanometric scale which often differ in…

Akash Patel

Innovator | Thinker | Creator. Passionate about medicine and its nanotechnological implications. Working on executing an idea. Website: akashapatel.com

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