Nanomedicines to help prevent heart attacks

Reuters/Lucy Nicholson

Biodegradable Nano 'drones' could be targeted to specific arteries delivering anti-inflammatory drugs to fight plaque buildup, according to a new study.

The research by Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Columbia University Medical Center suggests that the nanomedicine technology can curb fatalities related to Atherosclerotic plaque  of the coronary arteries which is responsible for one in four deaths in US.

“This is the first example of a targeted nanoparticle technology that reduces atherosclerosis in an animal model,” said co-senior author of the study, Omid Farokhzad, MD, associate professor and director of the Laboratory of Nanomedicine and Biomaterials at BWH and Harvard Medical School.

“Years of research and collaboration have culminated in our ability to use nanotechnology to resolve inflammation, remodel and stabilize plaques in a model of advanced atherosclerosis.”


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