Many of these breakthroughs we have today weren’t available few years ago. The more technological our world becomes, the more options we have when it comes to our health.Some of the newest breakthroughs will improve ones life and there are some breakthroughs that will save your life. By the end of 2017, the face of medicine will have changed.
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1.The Bionic Eye
Macular degeneration which has no cure is a very common cause of blindness in adults due to aging.Now there actually is a device that will allow one to see if you lose your sight to this disease. Known as the Argus II, this device takes video images that are caught on a special pair of glasses and it converts them into electrical pulses. When the pulses reach the brain, they are registered as shapes, light, and dark.
It took almost five years to create the functional tricorders which will be able to diagnose health conditions,take real-time signs like blood pressure and is portable. Individuals will be able to use it at home very conveniently to manage their health without frequently visiting doctor’s office.
3.3D printed pills
This is a good news for people who hate to swallow the pills. By the end of 2017,a new type of pill that is 3-D printed will be ruling the market. It dissolves into liquid the second liquid it goes into your mouth. The first drug approved for this method was an epilepsy drug called Spirtiam, and by the end of 2017, hundreds of more drugs is said to be approved.
4. Augmented Reality (AR)
Augmented reality (AR) is the virtual reality system where a computer digitally enhances the sights and sounds of real-life environments. While some AR tools have made into health care sector it is believed that this technology will be even more widespread in 2017. From helping patients envision their own condition to teaching doctors and medicial students how to perform surgeries this year AR is set to higher the advancement of medicial science.
5. Bye bye cholestrol
Now you may worry less about the bad cholestrol or LDL in your body. By 2017, the FDA is expected to approve two drugs called PCSK9 inhibitors which helps in silencing a cholesterol creating gene called PCSK9. TheLDL level of patients involved in this research have dropped significantly upto 50% .
6. Synthetic Blood
Finally after creating artificial hearts to prosthetic limbs the researchers have created synthetic blood.In 2017, England’s National Health Service (NHS) is set to conduct early safety trials, in which about 20 people are given small amounts of synthetic blood made from stem cells. The short-term goal is to create red blood cells to treat specific illnesses, like sickle cell anemia. The long-term goa is to make enough for transfusions for people with rarer blood types.
7. Mobile Stroke Treatment Units
Stroke is one of the major killer in people worldwide. But there is a drug which can save your life called tPA.When a stroke hits, every second counts; it’s estimated you lose about two million neurons each minute after the event, and the longer you go untreated, the worse the damage to your brain. That’s why a Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit (MSTU or MSU) could be a lifesaver. It is staffed by a nurse,the paramedics and a medical imaging specialist, MSTU is essentially an ambulance dedicated the fast diagnosis and treatment of strokes. When a patient with stroke calls, the MSTU is mobilized to the patient’s home.
8. Ultrasound Therapy for Alzheimer’s Disease
One of the most encouraging treatment set to begin human trials in 2017: ultrasound therapy on amyloid plaques, which clump around neurons and are believed to contribute to Alzheimer’s. This will be a great news for patients suffering from Alzheimer’s.
9.The Mini Pacemaker
Many people with heart problem are fit with a pacemaker. Even thogh they are important placing them is a very invasive procedure. The wires that connect the pacemaker to your heart can become infected, causing serious complications. There is a mini pacemaker that is still in the clinical trial process, however, it should be approved by the FDA by early 2017. This pacemaker requires no wires, therefore, there is no chance of infection.
10. The Activity Tracker
It is estimated that around this year there will be 5,000,000 people wearing the activity bracelet. Within the next 5 years, there will be 13,000,000 people wearing this bracelet. It is an activity bracelet which tracks your activity, sleep habits, and a variety of other health information. One of the reason that so many people will be wearing this bracelet is because the health care provider will offer discounts on their premiums for the data.