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Nanosciences and the medicine of ageing 

Nanosciences and the medicine of ageing
Nanosciences and the medicine of ageing
Oxford Textbook of Geriatric Medicine (3 edn)

James Podrebarac

, Joel Edin

, Erik J. Suuronen

, Emilio I. Alarcon

, and May Griffith


Age-associated diseases are becoming more prevalent as the worldwide population is getting older. This chapter reviews the current developments in nanotechnology directed at combating the rise of diseases and ailments stemming from ageing. The major complications that are discussed are cancers, cardiovascular disease, and neurodegeneration. Medical strategies based on nanotechnology include nanostructures surfaces, nanoparticles, nanoelectronics, aptamers, and nanoscale functional polymeric coatings. With nanotechnological tools now at our disposal, novel solutions are being developed for compatibility of implants, regeneration of tissues, destruction of malignancies, and replacement of organs or tissues as well as for diagnostics. As new types of therapeutics and diagnostics are being developed, diverse disciplines meet; this chapter attempts to give a comprehensive overview of the field for both clinicians and researchers.

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