Nanotechnology Could Help Ease Soldiers’ Pain

>TUESDAY, Aug. 14 (HealthDay News) — U.S. researchers are studying ways to use super-small nanoparticles to easily deliver painkillers to injured soldiers. The team at the University of Michigan say they have received a 1.3 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to conduct the study. The goal is to develop tiny painkiller-bearing particles that can be injected with a pen-like device that can be used by injured soldiers’ comrades, or even injured soldiers themselves, on the battlefield. Ideally, the devices would provide safe and effective pain relief until a wounded soldier could receive more expert medical help. “This proposal provides an approach to achieve sustained, safe pain control on the battlefield,” research team leader James R. Baker Jr., director of the Michigan Nanotechnology Institute for Medicine and Biological Sciences, said in a prepared statement. more at Forbes «