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Ultrasound for ultra-precise drug delivery

Written by Tristan Free (Digital Editor)

ultrasound drug delivery

A combination of lipid vesicles and ultrasound waves can provide highly specific drug delivery to target sites in rat brains. A recent research project from ETH Zurich (Switzerland) has demonstrated an application of sound waves in combination with newly developed lipid vesicles for drug delivery, which can target drugs to precise locations within the brain. The project, led by Mehmet Yanik, could have serious implications for increasing therapeutic efficacy, while decreasing the impact of side effects. The current status quo of drug delivery requires high concentrations of the active ingredient to pass through the entire circulatory system even if the...

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