Can Nanotechnology Have An Impact For Patients With Diabetes?

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Robert G. Smith, DPM, MSc, RPh, CPed

   There has been a great deal of work specific to nanotechnology for disease states such as diabetes mellitus, infection processes, wound healing applications as well as orthopedic applications. Podiatric physicians should become familiar with nanotechnology and the potential implications this science may have within the specialty of podiatric medicine.

Dr. Smith is in private practice at Shoe String Podiatry in Ormond Beach, Fla.
Dr. Steinberg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery at the Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. Dr. Steinberg is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.


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Anonymoussays: January 18, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Dr Smith,
Very throughout article on nano technology. You say that it is believed that we will not start actively using this tech till the year 2020. I believe it will be much sooner then that. I have read many current articles that state that we are very close to coming out with multiple treatments that utilize nano technology to one degree or another. It all looks very promising!

Tulsa Podiatrist

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Anonymoussays: May 25, 2010 at 4:26 am

I agree that we are closer than 2020, I have also read articles that state 4 years to be the estimated time.

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