By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Health & Medicine Week -- A new study on Nanomaterials is now available. According to news reporting originating from Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "The past decade has seen tremendous expansion in the production and application of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs). The unique properties that make ENMs useful in the market-place also make their interactions with biological systems difficult to anticipate and critically important to explore."
Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from the National Institutes of Health, "Currently, little is known about the health effects of human exposure to these materials. As part of its role in supporting the National Nanotechnology Initiative, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) has developed an integrated, strategic research program-'ONE Nano'-to increase our fundamental understanding of how ENMs interact with living systems, to develop predictive models for quantifying ENM exposure and assessing ENM health impacts, and to guide the design of second-generation ENMs to minimize adverse health effects. The NIEHS's research investments in ENM health and safety include extramural grants and grantee consortia, intramural research activities, and toxicological studies being conducted by the National Toxicology Program (NTP). These efforts have enhanced collaboration within the nanotechnology research community and produced toxicological profiles for selected ENMs, as well as improved methods and protocols for conducting in vitro and in vivo studies to assess ENM health effects."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "By drawing upon the strengths of the NIEHS's intramural, extramural, and NTP programs and establishing productive partnerships with other institutes and agencies across the federal government, the NIEHS's strategic ONE Nano program is working toward new advances to improve our understanding of the health impacts of engineered nanomaterials and support the goals of the National Nanotechnology Initiative."
For more information on this research see: ONE Nano: NIEHS's Strategic Initiative on the Health and Safety Effects of Engineered Nanomaterials. Environmental Health Perspectives, 2013;121(4):410-414. Environmental Health Perspectives can be contacted at: Us Dept Health Human Sciences Public Health Science, Natl Inst Health, Natl Inst Environmental Health Sciences, PO Box 12233, Res Triangle Pk, NC 27709-2233, USA (see also Nanomaterials).
The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting T.T. Schug, NIEHS, Off Director, National Institutes of Health, DHHS, Res Triangle Pk, NC 27709, United States. Additional authors for this research include A.F. Johnson, D.M. Balshaw, S. Garantziotis, N.J. Walker, C. Weis, S.S. Nadadur and L.S. Birnbaum.
Keywords for this news article include: Engineering, United States, North Carolina, Nanotechnology, Emerging Technologies, Research Triangle Park, North and Central America
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