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Gold Nanoparticles Melt Your Excess Fat

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  1. micropage7


    Mar 26, 2010
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    For at least a decade, researchers have tried to
    develop practical ways to use gold nanoparticles
    to kill cancer cells. But perhaps you'll see the
    nanotechnology in a cosmetic surgeon's office
    before you see it at the oncologist's.
    A new startup, NanoLipo, is working on a gold
    nanoparticle-based liposuction alternative,
    Chemical & Engineering News reports . The idea
    is that doctors would inject their patients'
    unwanted fat with the particles, then use a laser
    to heat up the particles, which would melt the fat
    around them. Doctors would use needles to
    suction out the liquefied fat. Researchers have
    investigated heating gold nanoparticles to kill
    cancer cells , too.
    While this might sound just too strange—that one
    treatment could work for both an elective
    procedure and a life-saving one—medicine is
    actually full of stories of one treatment working
    for disparate conditions. One of my favorite
    examples is Botox, which has an impressive list
    of indications. Before Botox began freezing the
    foreheads of famous actors, it treated eye spasms
    and other neurological conditions. It's now also
    FDA approved for excessive underarm sweating
    and urinary incontinence associated with multiple
    So which application of gold nanoparticles will
    find its way to practical use first? Cancer or
    trimming those last 10 pounds? The two
    indications seem to be neck and neck in stage of
    development, although cancer treatments have
    been under study for several years longer.
    NanoLipo has tested its methods in animals, but
    not in people, Chemical & Engineering News
    reports. Gold nanoparticles for cancer have
    undergone some early stage human trials .

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  2. Vario


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    People are so lazy. Anything to avoid a diet and exercise.
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