The same bacterial infection can be just a nuisance or a life threatening condition, depending on where it has found a home. Once bacteria begin to form biofilms, it is often too late to administer antibiotics as they can’t penetrate the multi-layered cellular structure that a bacterial colony can form. Typically, large doses of antibiotics are administered to try to fight off the infection, but that can lead to further resistance. Now researchers from the Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research in Saarbrücken, Germany have developed a technique for using nanoparticles to transport antibiotics to where they have not gone before.
The magazine Science hailed cancer immunotherapy as the breakthrough of the year two years ago, and the field has been gaining traction since. The idea is to activate the body’s own immune cells to recognize […]
The last few months have seen some important biomaterials advances, from self-destructing implantable robots that fold like origami to hydrogel-based fiber optics. Even though the bulk of material innovation has historically been more evolutionary than […]
Osteomyelitis (bone infection) is a 1.7 billion-dollar (US) market. Standard treatment currently consists of long-term courses of antibiotics, repeated surgical operations (due to constant failure), and possible amputation. The increasing incidence of prosthetic infections, as […]