Sound like rocket science?
“Nano” in math means “10 to the negative ninth power.”
In plain words, that means “itsy-bitsy.”
By using new, improved properties of materials at the nanometer scale, nanomedicine is medicine performed at an extremely small level,
working with particles that are so tiny, you could fit 5,000 of them
around a single human hair.
The fact that we can now see and work with such small particles means a lot for the future of medicine – in many ways!
It gives doctors like me the potential to detect diseases earlier
and increase the accuracy of their diagnoses.
Diagnostic information can be delivered more quickly and cost-efficiently,
and advanced imagery tools can be developed,
We can also make great advances in regenerative medicine, by using appropriate nano-structures
to repair human cells, tissues, skins, bones, or organs and get them back into working order.
Most nanomedicine products that are already available
are drug delivery systems,
where nanoparticles carry and deliver drugs
to specific parts of the body more efficiently.
This process is controlled so accurately that,
compared with standard medicine, side effects are
reduced and treatment effectiveness and patient safety are increased.
A more revolutionary development in nanomedicine is “nanoparticles with intrinsic therapeutic efficacy.”
These particles aren’t a vehicle for targeted drug delivery anymore,
but instead they’re the principal active element
that will provide completely new ways to treat patients!
Overall, nanomedicine can be used to improve the treatments of several diseases,
like cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular and neurodegenerative disease, for the benefit of patients.
As with any other drugs or medical products, nanomedicine products are thoroughly tested in the lab and in real conditions before being approved by official regulatory bodies and prescribed to patients.
Nanomedicine means the future is of medicine is really small… and very bright!