A Shotgun for Blood Clots

  • metta

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    Jul 08, 2012 4:35 PM GMT
    A Shotgun for Blood Clots


    http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2012/07/a-shotgun-for-blood-clots.html
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    Jul 08, 2012 4:45 PM GMT
    That's amazing....pinpoint custom delivery of meds....wow!
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    Jul 08, 2012 6:44 PM GMT
    Excellent discovery! Now I can go eat more fries and triple-bacon-cheeseburgers. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 08, 2012 6:49 PM GMT
    nano particles? in my blood? why is this a good idea?
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    Jul 08, 2012 6:55 PM GMT
    Any dangers from Nano-Particles are probably tame compared to what we are doing now, including bypass and arterial stents.

    You would be surprised how dangerous and prevalent bypass surgery is.

    Oxygen deprivation to your brain is practically a given as bypass machines fall short in this.
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    Jul 08, 2012 6:55 PM GMT
    Justim saidnano particles? in my blood? why is this a good idea?
    You have them anyway, designed by nature (blood cells, nutrients, etc.) Now scientists have figured out how to custom make them to carry specific drugs directly to where they're needed. It's much safer than taking a pill that affects your whole body instead of just the infects area.

    Do a little research before going batshit crazy over stuff you don't understand. icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 08, 2012 6:57 PM GMT
    what else can these nano particles be programmed to do? kill on command?
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    Jul 08, 2012 6:58 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Justim saidnano particles? in my blood? why is this a good idea?
    You have them anyway, designed by nature (blood cells, nutrients, etc.) Now scientists have figured out how to custom make them to carry specific drugs directly to where they're needed. It's much safer than taking a pill that affects your whole body instead of just the infects area.

    Do a little research before going batshit crazy over stuff you don't understand. icon_wink.gif




    i don't understand? really? Hematologists ask me questions.
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    Jul 08, 2012 6:59 PM GMT
    Justim saidwhat else can these nano particles be programmed to do? kill on command?
    Not as fast as a blood clot.
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    Jul 08, 2012 7:27 PM GMT
    Justim saidwhat else can these nano particles be programmed to do? kill on command?


    Ugh. Science fiction.
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    Jul 08, 2012 7:32 PM GMT
    i like science fiction
  • metta

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    Jul 08, 2012 7:35 PM GMT
    I don't know...for some reason I'm more comfortable with the medical industry working with nano-particles than the bodycare, cosmetic, and chemical industries.
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    Jul 08, 2012 9:49 PM GMT
    RobertF64 said
    Justim saidwhat else can these nano particles be programmed to do? kill on command?


    Ugh. Science fiction.
    Cell phones used to be science fiction. icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 08, 2012 10:06 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    RobertF64 said
    Justim saidwhat else can these nano particles be programmed to do? kill on command?


    Ugh. Science fiction.
    Cell phones used to be science fiction. icon_wink.gif

    If only. Open up a cellphone and tell me if it'll fit in a nanoparticle. icon_razz.gif Whatever the size, it has to be small enough to not clog one of the tiniest arteries.

    [edit] I can see it now. "Either you're happy to see me or you just got an email. Which is it?"icon_rolleyes.gif
  • Errintheer

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    Jul 08, 2012 10:25 PM GMT
    Sweet, tPA is a great drug but it's sooo dangerous not many patients qualify for it.
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    Jul 08, 2012 10:51 PM GMT
    Wow, this would be huge. tPA has such a small window of opportunity for effective clot degradation in stroke victims, pulmonary embolisms, etc.. I believe it's around 4 hours if I remember correctly. That means identifying the presence of a clot, getting the person into the hands of medical personnel, and getting it administered all within that short time frame.

    I assume the big question for clinical trials aside from efficacy would be do these nanoparticles have the ability to release their drugs in inappropriate or unnecessary situations?
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    Jul 08, 2012 10:56 PM GMT
    RobertF64 said
    paulflexes said
    RobertF64 said
    Justim saidwhat else can these nano particles be programmed to do? kill on command?


    Ugh. Science fiction.
    Cell phones used to be science fiction. icon_wink.gif

    If only. Open up a cellphone and tell me if it'll fit in a nanoparticle.
    Watch the original Star Trek and see if they had wireless flip phones before they were ever invented. icon_wink.gif