Scientists believe magnets can help fight a range of ailments and diseases
Nov 10 2011 Brian McIver
Woman receiving an MRI scan
HOLDING a little magnet over your body might seem to be a lot closer to medieval leeches than cutting edge healthcare.
But according to new research, the humble magnet could actually hold the key to fighting one of the most aggressive forms of cancer, and many other health complaints.
Often seen as the preserve of alternative healing or herbal medicine shops in the form of bracelets and pendants, medical magnets could be about to become a key part of oncology procedure.
A magnetic treatment for prostate cancer could change the way we treat the disease, with magnetised nanoparticles injected into the patient to help the body's immune system and white blood cells fight the cancer cells.
The new system, which would not be harmful to healthy cells, has been developed by researchers at Sheffield University, who think it could dramatically cut the annual 10,000 deaths from prostate cancer.
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