An exciting new finding that might wipe out most of the risk of pneumonia. Researchers have finally been able to eradicate deadly pneumonia infection from the lungs in a mouse model, by exposing it to an army of swimming microbots. This unconventional treatment was 100% effective and directly targeted the infection site straight away. It just awaits for couple more studies until this works on humans too.
What are Pneumonia Microbots?
Microbots are bacteria-fighting bots that are made up of microalgae. These specific microalgae are armed with two flagella or tails, which cut through the fluid medium and reach the site of infection pretty quickly. These algae were then coated with tiny antibiotic-loaded nanoparticles, which slowly secrete chemicals that are toxic to the pneumonia bacteria. After killing the pathogens, our immune cells can digest these microbots in no time as they are made with natural materials.
A possible breakthrough treatment
Our current methods to treat sever pneumonia cases include the usage of several antibiotics via intravenous injection (IV), which delivers the antibiotic straight to the bloodstream. Even though it’s a fairly effective approach to treatment, it does take time for the antibiotics to work their way through the patient’s bloodstream and make it to the lung. This is where our friendly microbots come into action.
Their ability to swim makes them naturally spread throughout the lungs when injected through the windpipe, thus being the most effective treatment for pneumonia to the current date.