Omaha, NE (January 8, 2015) - Among the most exciting and promising new developments in the medical travel nursing community is the 3-D vaccine, billed as the next-generation form of treatment that may eventually be on the front lines of cancer treatment and prevention. Travel nursing jobs leader, Aureus Medical Group, takes an in-depth look at what travel nurses need to know about 3-D vaccines.
What is a 3-D vaccine?
3-D vaccines are a programmable biomaterial that assembles itself into a disease-fighting structure once injected via a needle into the body. Researchers explain that the vaccine is a type of immunotherapy, in which the biomaterial released in the bloodstream to prevent and treat cancer and other diseases by stimulating the body's immune response.
"We can create 3-D structures using minimally-invasive delivery to enrich and activate a host's immune cells to target and attack harmful cells in vivo," Dr. David Mooney, the Robert P. Pinkas Professor of Bioengineering at Harvard SEAS, said in a press release.
The rod-like structure, made from silica known as mesoporous silica rods (MSRs), spontaneously constructs itself at the vaccination site to create a three-dimensional scaffold. In the scaffold lie thousands of nooks and crannies where dendritic cells are housed. Dendritic cells are considered the body's "surveillance system," and when they spot something harmful, the cells set off the alarm for immune responses.
With this up-and-coming style of treatment, Mooney suggests this mechanism could battle and even prevent cancer as well as infectious disease such as HIV.
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About Aureus Medical Group:
Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide. With more than 30 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire. Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 45 years.