14 Ways Nanotechnology Could Revolutionize Medicine

An ever-growing list of scientific professionals are putting on their lab coats and focusing their super-powered microscopes on Nanotechnology – also known as the study of very, very, very small things. Engineers, physicists, mathematicians… heck, even the technophiles of Silicon Valley are turning their heads.

Nanorobots patrolling your blood stream, the cure for diabetes, anti-aging on the fly… the study of nanotechnology is challenging the impossible and bridging the gap between real life and science fiction. We’re going to zoom in and take a closer look at 14 HUGE ways that Nanotechnology could revolutionize the world of medicine.

UV Protection

The bottle of SPF 40 that you carry in your beach bag? Yeah, that’s nanotechnology hard at work. Sunscreen contains nanoparticles of both titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, designed to reflect and absorb harmful UV radiation. Nanoparticles make your sunscreen easier to spread, invisible to the naked eye and more effective at protecting your skin.

But UV protection doesn’t end with Coppertone. More and more clothing companies are researching nanoparticles to enhance performance apparel. And you thought that $80 button-up was pricey…

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Diagnosis

Imagine a world without follow-up doctor visits, specialist appointments and the freezing cold shock of a stethoscope. Nanotechnology has the potential to revolutionize the way doctors diagnose everything from the common cold to life-threatening diseases. It all comes down to nano-robots — or, robots small enough to enter your bloodstream.

When these uber-accurate nano-robots are introduced into your blood stream, they’d provide you and your doctor with real-time data, alerting everyone when something just isn’t quite right. It could work a lot like the engine light on your car. (Except you wouldn’t want to ignore this one.)

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Precise Delivery of Drugs and Medication   

Medication, antibiotics and steroids could all, one day, be enhanced by a nanotech delivery system. In theory, the system would work a lot like UPS… but on the cellular level! Medication would be delivered quickly and efficiently to the areas of your body that need it most.

Stomach ache? Not anymore! Runny nose? Gone. Things get really interesting when painkillers enter the mix. Eliminate lower back pain without nodding off from the grogginess.

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