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Artificial nanoscale cholesterol carrier targets brain tumors

New research results suggest that for cancer patients with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most common malignant brain tumor in adults, synthetic LDL-like nanoparticles could prove to be the vehicle of choice for delivering potent anticancer drugs to tumor cells while sparing healthy neighboring cells.

Sep 11th, 2006

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Ultrasound can deliver drugs

Researchers have shown how ultrasound energy can briefly "open a door" in the protective outer membranes of living cells to allow entry of drugs and other therapeutic molecules.

Sep 6th, 2006

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Switchable lotus effect

Researchers have synthesized a compound in the diarylethene family whose surface becomes super-water-repellent on command.

Sep 5th, 2006

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Improving magnetic nanoparticle design

Numerous groups are attempting to use iron nanoparticles in medical imaging applications. Researchers are also developing magnetic nanoparticles as miniature thermal scalpels for killing tumors as well as imaging them.

Sep 5th, 2006

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