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ImageDid anyone else’s kids watch Osmosis Jones? There was a movie, followed by a Saturday morning cartoon. Neither did well, but as a major nerd, I loved Ozzy!

He was a white blood cell, and rebel cop in the body that fought supervillans- viruses and germs. Forward to present day…….

Researchers at Columbia U Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and MIT have developed nanoparticles that will resolve inflammation and promote tissue healing. They took an inflammation resolution peptide, and then packaged it into nanoparticles. The nanoparticles are able to target drugs to sites of tissue injury. They are able to do this because they were given STEALTHLIKE PROPERTIES, enabling them to AVOID DETECTION and clearance by the blood cells, and the ability to TARGET collagen IV, a protein found at sites of tissue injury. Osmosis Jones at work!!!

The nanoparticles have been tested in mice, and should allow doctors to use much smaller doses of medications, with a reduction in side effects. Any disease with chronic inflammation, including atherosclerosis, autoimmune disease, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and PERIODONTITIS(!) would benefit greatly from this.

Osmosis Jones, come to life!Image

Keep flossing!   DrSusan

Columbia University Medical Center (2013, March 18). New nanomedicine resolves inflammation, promotes tissue healing. ScienceDaily. Retrieved March 27, 2013, from http://www.sciencedaily.com­/releases/2013/03/130319091008.htm