Advances in technology had been so common that these days, nothing is really too impressive anymore. The idea of smartwatches, for instance, is not enough to constitute a jaw-dropping awe from people who use them. In fact, a lot of complaints were made regarding the watch, which can read text messages or keep track of your heart rate, showing that people are less easily impressed these days.
But then, the medical field is a different story altogether. As it turned out, it’s not as easy making improvements when it comes to people’s health, compared to smartphones and smart cars and even robots and spaceships. But there have been innovations, and here are some that will help save lives, short of getting an actual Lazarus Pit.
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People have always been fascinated with the concept of the fountain of youth, but now, there’s no need to go there as aging just may be a thing of the past. There have been several companies devoting their resources in finding anti-aging solutions, and Elysium Health just may have found the answer. The pill was said to be made of certain compounds that help tweak one’s metabolism to make life longer.
Another company, Novartis, is harnessing a mysterious protein. Even Google is looking into its own health company whose goal is to extend lifespan of humans. Do we want to stay alive past 100 years old?
Nanobots Cancer Killers
While nanobots seem like science-fiction creations, researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute are trying to develop ways of deploying these things to seek out and destroy cancer cells in the body. The bots, they noted, are made of synthetic DNA so that humans can adapt it in their body.
3-D Organ Replacement
Printing tissue for organ replacement seems a bit over-the-top, but that’s what the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine is planning on doing. They built a device called Integrated Tissue and Organ Printing System, which layers living cells on top of biodegradable plastic to create muscles, cartilage, and even bones so that you don’t have to wait for an organ donor to get them.
VR for High-Risk Surgeries
Virtual reality is here to stay—and not for console gaming. In fact, VR is here to stay because surgeons kind of need them for high-risk surgeries. That way, they can see the organs of their patients without having to open them up.
Survival depends on how fast the ambulance can respond to the call and get to a location—things like accidents, heart attacks, and strokes are especially scary. When these things happen at a remote place, it gets even scarier. Luckily, drone ambulances are becoming a thing and will be readily available wherever, whenever.
Instant Diagnostic Tests
In the argument that prevention is better than cure, the importance of knowing results early on can influence your health significantly. Scanadu vitals can take vital signs in seconds, which is a great help for health care professionals. Plus, it seems that there is tech available that can test a drop of blood for diseases and not just glucose content.
The future of medicine is looking up, but first, we have to ensure the tech will be approved for these innovations to finally get to the market.