In the previous article, we made a summary of using nanotechnology for the advancement of a medical field. Because of the fact that there are a lot of things to be told about each of the uses of nanotechnology from the drug delivery to the therapy, that it is worth dedicating a separate article to each and discuss the details of it. Today we are writing about nanosponges that are used for therapy.
The scientists at the university of San Diego, California were able to create a marvel of 21st century – Nanotechnology that is used to absorb any harmful chemical in your body. The technology is called nanosponges – Tiny sponge type of device that goes into the bloodstream and circulates around the body. They are designed to determine the content of the blood and get activated if they detect something that could be potentially harmful for a person.
Toxins could be easily produced in the body by the diseases like MRSA or E.Coli. According to the research done by the university of Texas, there was more than a million cases of the diseases in the US in 2017 that cause some type of toxin release in the body. The children between the age of 10 to 16 were affected mostly. While many antibiotics are out there that can fight such toxins, it is not always good idea to use them as the long usage could harm the body. Alternatively now there are nanosponges that could do the job without taking antibiotics.
In many cases antibiotics are not able to fully defeat the illness and the toxins still stay inside the body for a long time. Nanosponges will be able to absorb harmful toxins in just a few days.
The leading scientist and a nano engineering professor Liangfang Zhang announced last week that they are starting to get ready to start the trials on Humans. Currently nanosponges were super effective in mice and researchers were testing them for more than 2 years now with a great success. There is obviously still a long time to go until they get a permission to use it on humans, but because of the effectivity of the technology, the process could potentially be faster than usual.
The development of nanosponges continue and this is only the beta version. Researchers are hoping to add additional functionality to make it more useful for medicine and for therapy. Zhang hopes that after some changes, nanosponges will be able to strengthen the immune system and will act like a defense mechanism of the human body. In this case, having them in our bloodstream will be beneficial not only for therapy patients, but for everyone as it could potentially fight anything bad that will get into our system.
There has been a controversy, however, about the topic and there are already the people who oppose injecting nano particles inside the human body. The argument behind is, of course, the safety issue and the people seem to be uncomfortable having man-made devices in the bloodstream that have not been tested long enough to know that they are 100 percent safe.
We hope that the research will be successful and nanosponges will soon be the default treatment for removing toxins from the body. We wish a good luck to the team of scientists at the University of San Diego