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Drexel's Polymer Crystal Nanocapsules Sustain for Long in Bloodstream

Researchers from Drexel University have developed a new type of container that seems to be the perfect fit for making the delivery. Intravenous medication has taken important leaps in recent years as a way of directly targeting ailments where they are occurring inside the body.

But getting the medicine through the bloodstream to the right place and releasing it at the right time is no easy task. The body is designed to detect and eliminate foreign objects, so successfully designing a vessel for targeted drug delivery requires equal parts engineering and cunning.

Hospice Care Is Given At A Proper Time

A study showed an example of 91-year-old father returned from the hospital after a bout of pneumonia and was readmitted scarcely a week later, his doctor suggested that hospice care was probably a good idea. He was extremely frail and barely able to walk. His overall health wasn’t improving.

Like most people eyeing hospice care as the end stage of medical intervention, I was reluctant to make that decision. It’s one of the most difficult health care decisions you’ll make because of hospice's astounding recognition of mortality.

Qualified Biomarker for Parkinson's, Major Milestone in Clinical Trials

The biomarker is used to determine the presence of dopamine transport deficiency in the brain and has been qualified as an enrichment biomarker for clinical trials targeting early stages of Parkinson's, soon after diagnosis. The qualified biomarker involves the intravenous injection of a small amount of a radioactive tracer before the brain images are acquired, and can be done at any one of many specialist imaging centers.

Patient's With Terminal Illness Need Hospice Care

According to a study, researchers examined about 6,000 people with life-limiting and terminal illnesses do not receive the expert care they could benefit from each year. This amounts to nearly a quarter of all those who need care but provision across Wales is variable. It said a shortage of medical staff meant people can miss out on care at home or in the community. The Welsh Government welcomed the cross-party report but "strongly" refuted the number of people affected.