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The First Quarter 2010 Silver News has a fascinating article about nanosilver particles possibly being used to overcome blood platelet disorders. When the human body sustains a wound, blood platelets clot to help heal the injury. That, obviously, is good. However, when clotting is triggered not to close an open wound but by a disorder, that’s bad.
Millions of people take anti-coagulants to keep their blood flowing through their arteries. According to the article, tests show that nanosilver particles significantly inhibit clumping or coagulation in hyperactive platelets obtained from patients having diseases that generate hyperactive platelets. Test also showed that nanosilver also significantly reduces adhesion of platelets to vessel walls and subsequent clogging of the vascular system.
If further testing and trials prove nanosilver particles to be viable alternatives to blood thinners, this could be huge, not only for people suffering from blood disorders but also for the silver market. But, even if tests and trials support the use of nanosilver in this area, governmental approval could be a while coming. Not only would FDA approval be needed, but the EPA also claims jurisdiction when it comes to nanosilver. The second article in the 2010 Silver News discusses the EPA’s position on nanosilver.
Today’s technological advances absolutely boggle the mind, and many involve silver. For example, the same research team that 20 years ago developed long-lasting batteries for pacemakers is studying the use of silver particles to improve lithium/silver vanadium oxide batteries that are used in current pacemakers. The batteries are 15,000 times more conductive upon initial use and could be used in other biomedical devices to treat stroke, migraines or Alzheimer’s disease.
According to Ester Takeuchi, Ph.D., developer of the lithium/silver vanadium oxide battery and holder of more than 140 patents, “We may be heading toward a time when we can make batteries so tiny that they – and the devices they power – can simply be injected into the body.”
Silver in cell phone cases
Also according to Silver News, Seal Shield, developer of dishwasher-safe computer keyboards, mice and TV remote controls, has introduced a cell phone with antimicrobial silver embedded in the case. An antibacterial case for cell phones is certainly needed if researchers at the University of Arizona are correct. They say cell phones carry 25,000 germs per square inch, or 500 times more bacteria than the average toilet. Just to make their cell phones still more sanitary for users, Seal Shield’s new phone is dishwasher safe.
Read also about combat gloves that are growing in popularity with soldiers in Afghanistan. The gloves not only functions as gloves should in keeping hands warm and dry, but the gloves are odor free because of silver-induced antimicrobial properties. Gloves that are worn for hours at a time gather bacteria that emit foul odors. Silver’s antibacterial properties solve that problem.
Finally, as if the above described technology is not enough, scientists in Germany and Switzerland are working on inserting silver ions into artificial DNA molecules. The result, hopefully, will be original size DNA structure with a rigid frame that can be used without risk of structural failure in sub-miniaturized electronic devices.