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Nanotechnology: Medicine, Materials and Research

Updated on July 2, 2017

When you hear the term, nanomaterials, what comes to your mind? Remember, when you were first introduced to the Periodic Table of Elements? Well, you were being acquainted with the many names, signs and symbols of nanomaterials. Some of which are giving scientists ways to create the possibility of becoming invisible.

Now, we know that some of these materials are good for our everyday use. We need oxygen everyday. Some are nutrients which we need for our health, wealth, and well-being. Some are utilized to provide heat/light for our everyday usage. Then there are those that we should stay away from, or be very careful as to the quantity and quality of it's use, or not at all. Nanomaterials are already present in certain cosmetics, sun block lotions, and anti-aging cosmetics. Although some persons may have allergic reactions, most go away when usage stops. However, ingesting nanomaterials is a different story. However, there are currently industries who practice the usage of these tiny particles for the purpose of certain foods to have a longer shelf life. Although we often hear of the many preservatives that go into our food nowadays, I can't say that I have actually heard of someone ingesting, specifically, nanomaterials. There can be some very harsh adverse effects involved upon ingesting them. They are known to cause damage to the brain, heart and lungs; as well as being a cause of some birth defects. And have been known to cause cancer, when cancer is not already present (their research and exploratory finding re: cancer shall be discussed shortly). Remember, it has been found that some industries are implementing their use in the foods we consume today, but it is not being reported to the Food and Drug Administration.

Nanoparticles (by azonana)

 Tiny particles (nanomaterials) have thus far done wonders destroying proteins which are responsible for cancerous tumors.  RNA (ribonucleic acid, nucleotides which are present in all life cells) are delivered to cancer patients via nanotechnology, known as (RNA interference), and has been successful in destroying cancer cells.  Any excess of nanomaterials used in this process are passed out of the body upon urination.  This is, obviously, great news for the cancer patient, whom it helps.  Due to the concern of their overall safety usage and long-term health improvements, much research, tests and experimentation is still needed.

Video Journey into Nanotechnology @www.nanocancer.gov

The Role of the Government

It is the role of the government to keep us from being unknowing and unwilling participants in the experimentation of nanomaterials. They also know that as technology advances, clinical trials will legally and illegally continue. Therefore, funds have been allocated for both the purpose of protecting the general public from the prohibited use of these materials, as well as for further research and experiments to determine if the possible miraculous outcomes from their usage should be continued.

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      Support Med. 7 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for the compliment, especially coming from a registered nurse. Glad you found it interesting.

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      Interesting article, I learned a few things about nano technology and nanomedicine thanks.

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      Support Med. 7 years ago from Michigan

      katiem2: It it wise to have knowledge for ourselves. Thanks for the visit and the comments. Peace.

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Support Med, Thanks for informing us regarding Nanotechnology: Nanomedicine, Nanomaterials and Research after all there is much to learn and it's only to our advantage to do so. The government can only be better with our empowered knowledge. Thanks and Peace :)

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      Andrea 7 years ago from Italy

      That's why articles like this one are so important to spread the knowledge of what happens around us, so to speak. As you rightly say we must take care of ourselves and our health. :)

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      Support Med. 7 years ago from Michigan

      hypnodude, I understand where you are coming from. The government has a role, but it is also good for us to know for ourselves as this gives us the power to make our own decision whether we want to be a part of the 'experiment' or not, as well as, recognizing information on food/cosmetic labels and making our own decision whether to purchase and use it or not. Knowledge is power, as you stated, and 'eternal life is to know.' Thanks for the read.

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      Andrea 7 years ago from Italy

      I don't have much faith in Governments protecting people's health when money is involved. Unless someone is able to take the news on TV. I have much more faith in people sharing knowledge to protect others. Like you are doing with this article. Knowledge is power. ;)

      Rated and stumbled.

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      Support Med. 7 years ago from Michigan

      prasetio30, thanks for your comments. It's amazing how quicky technology is advancing. Hope the benefits will be positive.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I never know about this technology. But as long as give us benefit and useful for us, like help to cure disease in medicine work. We should support this technology. Good work and nice information. I rate this Up!