• The nanoparticles are designed to latch on to hard plaques in the arteries, made from fat cholesterol and calcium, which cause heart disease. Each of the tiny particles, made from a plastic-like material, is 1,000 times smaller than the tip of a human hair.
  • Once they reach their target, the "drones" release a drug derived from a natural protein that repairs inflammation damage in the body. The nanoparticles are made from a biodegradable polymer that dissolves away in the body over time and is used in a number of approved medical products.
  • In the tests, atherosclerosis [clogged arteries] in laboratory mice was significantly repaired after five weeks of treatment and plaques were stabilised, making it less likely for fragments to break off and clog blood vessels.

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