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Nanomedicine: application areas and development prospects.

Boulaiz H, Alvarez PJ, Ramirez A, Marchal JA, Prados J, Rodríguez-Serrano F, Perán M, Melguizo C, Aranega A - Int J Mol Sci (2011)

Bottom Line: In nanomedicine, atoms and molecules are manipulated to produce nanostructures of the same size as biomolecules for interaction with human cells.This procedure offers a range of new solutions for diagnoses and "smart" treatments by stimulating the body's own repair mechanisms.Preventive medicine may then become a reality.

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Affiliation: Department of Human Anatomy and Embryology, Institute of Biopathology and Regenerative Medicine (IBIMER), School of Medicine, University of Granada, Granada 18071, Spain; E-Mails: pablo.alvarez.exts@juntadeandalucia.es (P.J.A.); alrari80@gmail.com (A.R.); jmarchal@ugr.es (J.A.M.); jcpradois@ugr.es (J.P.); fernrs@ugr.es (F.R.-S.); melguizo@ugr.es (C.M.).

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Nanotechnology, along with related concepts such as nanomaterials, nanostructures and nanoparticles, has become a priority area for scientific research and technological development. Nanotechnology, i.e., the creation and utilization of materials and devices at nanometer scale, already has multiple applications in electronics and other fields. However, the greatest expectations are for its application in biotechnology and health, with the direct impact these could have on the quality of health in future societies. The emerging discipline of nanomedicine brings nanotechnology and medicine together in order to develop novel therapies and improve existing treatments. In nanomedicine, atoms and molecules are manipulated to produce nanostructures of the same size as biomolecules for interaction with human cells. This procedure offers a range of new solutions for diagnoses and "smart" treatments by stimulating the body's own repair mechanisms. It will enhance the early diagnosis and treatment of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and cardiovascular diseases. Preventive medicine may then become a reality.

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Mentions: Nanomedicine applications are grouped below in three interrelated areas: analytical/diagnostic tools, drug delivery and regenerative medicine (Figure 1).


Nanomedicine: application areas and development prospects.

Boulaiz H, Alvarez PJ, Ramirez A, Marchal JA, Prados J, Rodríguez-Serrano F, Perán M, Melguizo C, Aranega A - Int J Mol Sci (2011)

Nanomedicine application areas.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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f1-ijms-12-03303: Nanomedicine application areas.
Mentions: Nanomedicine applications are grouped below in three interrelated areas: analytical/diagnostic tools, drug delivery and regenerative medicine (Figure 1).

Bottom Line: In nanomedicine, atoms and molecules are manipulated to produce nanostructures of the same size as biomolecules for interaction with human cells.This procedure offers a range of new solutions for diagnoses and "smart" treatments by stimulating the body's own repair mechanisms.Preventive medicine may then become a reality.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Human Anatomy and Embryology, Institute of Biopathology and Regenerative Medicine (IBIMER), School of Medicine, University of Granada, Granada 18071, Spain; E-Mails: pablo.alvarez.exts@juntadeandalucia.es (P.J.A.); alrari80@gmail.com (A.R.); jmarchal@ugr.es (J.A.M.); jcpradois@ugr.es (J.P.); fernrs@ugr.es (F.R.-S.); melguizo@ugr.es (C.M.).

ABSTRACT
Nanotechnology, along with related concepts such as nanomaterials, nanostructures and nanoparticles, has become a priority area for scientific research and technological development. Nanotechnology, i.e., the creation and utilization of materials and devices at nanometer scale, already has multiple applications in electronics and other fields. However, the greatest expectations are for its application in biotechnology and health, with the direct impact these could have on the quality of health in future societies. The emerging discipline of nanomedicine brings nanotechnology and medicine together in order to develop novel therapies and improve existing treatments. In nanomedicine, atoms and molecules are manipulated to produce nanostructures of the same size as biomolecules for interaction with human cells. This procedure offers a range of new solutions for diagnoses and "smart" treatments by stimulating the body's own repair mechanisms. It will enhance the early diagnosis and treatment of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and cardiovascular diseases. Preventive medicine may then become a reality.

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