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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 184

The use of nano technology in medicine


Department of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh 11437, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Date of Web Publication6-May-2015

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Yousef A Al Turki
Department of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine, King Saud University, P.O. Box 28054, Riyadh 11437
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/1658-631X.156444

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Al Turki YA. The use of nano technology in medicine. Saudi J Med Med Sci 2015;3:184

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Al Turki YA. The use of nano technology in medicine. Saudi J Med Med Sci [serial online] 2015 [cited 2022 Jan 28];3:184. Available from: https://www.sjmms.net/text.asp?2015/3/2/184/156444

Sir,

Nanotechnology, a technology that deals with nanometer-sized objects, is expected to be the future of new advanced solutions to different aspects of the medical field. [1] Applications of nanotechnologies in the medical field are interesting as they are used in diagnosis, and as therapeutics tools to try to find solutions to untreatable diseases and answers to the global problem of disease. [2],[3],[4],[5],[6],[7],[8] A survey of the perceptions of 1536 Americans about nanotechnology showed that the greatest potential benefit of nanotechnology was the fact that it was new and provided better ways of detecting and treating human diseases. [9] Another survey showed that the mass media were a key influence on how people perceived the risks and benefits of nanotechnology. [10] Many countries are aware of the importance of nanotechnology especially in medical field, but more support for it is needed. There is a trend in many countries such as the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Japan and Switzerland to better recognize biosystems research within nanotechnology. [11] In recent years, interest on the impact of nanoparticles on human health has increased. However, it is important to implement the regulations governing new drugs and medical devices before nanomedicine becomes commercialized. [12] Nanomedicine can be very helpful in different aspects of medicine. [13],[14] For example, in life-threatening situations such as in trauma, the ability to quickly stop bleeding may make the difference between life and death. Peptides can self-assemble into gels that are able to control bleeding from surgical wounds within seconds of application. This new nanohemostat could dramatically change the way surgery is performed in the future. [15] Nanowires and nanocantilever arrays are among the leading approaches under development for early detection of precancerous and malignant lesions from biological fluids. [16] The concluding message is that health professional teams need to be aware and updated on the current evidence on the clinical applications of nanotechnology in medicine.

 
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