No one understands why these ships, called liposomes, seem to always float to the body's trouble spots. But radiology researchers have identified a pattern and see great potential benefit.
Labeling liposomes with an isotope, Beth A. Goins, PhD, clinical assistant professor, and William Phillips, MD, associate professor, have been able to watch liposomes do their stuff.
"We have found that these labeled liposomes accumulate at the sites of infection and tumors," Dr. Goins said. "This makes them potential vehicles for drug delivery to these sites."
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Last season, Michael Cole, a guard for the UT San Antonio Roadrunners, wore it while his broken nose healed. "Facial injuries have become very common in basketball in the past five years because the intensity of play has increased," Dr. Garza said. Cast of high-strength polycarbonate, the mask contains soft polymer that acts as a shock absorber.
Cole, a pre-dental student, wore the mask during the eight weeks it took his nose to heal. He said the mask reduced the chance of a second fracture and it felt comfortable. "Some players like the mask so much they keep wearing it afterward just so they don't break something else," Dr. Garza said.
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