The field of medicine is as impressive as it is essential, and over the years, both recently and throughout the field’s long history, there have been some truly incredible innovations in medical treatments and technology. To help us appreciate just how incredible some of these innovations are, a handful of them are briefly discussed below. This is to show just how mind-bogglingly beneficial they are/were to the field of medicine and to show the depth of the field.
1. A Potential Cure for Diabetes
In recent and incredible news, biologist Doug Melton and his team at Semma Therapeutics have recently designed a stem-cell based “cure” for type 1 diabetes, which would allow sufferers of the condition to eat, exercise, and generally live as though they did not have the disease. The treatment is still its somewhat early days, but if its performance in humans is anything like its performance in animals, then this could be a viable way to effectively remove type 1 diabetes from people’s lives.
2. 3D Digital Heart Modeling Software to Help Diagnose and Treat Heart Problems
Heart problems are a major concern, especially because a lot of the procedures needed to diagnose and treat these conditions are extremely invasive. This is where Charles Taylor’s HeartFlow Analysis tool comes in. HeartFlow is a device that uses data captured in CT scans to produce a full 3D model of a patient’s heart. This can be used to determine whether there are any blockages in the patient’s heart and can, non-invasively, be used to diagnose major heart problems.
3. A Blood Test to Detect Alzheimer’s
That’s right – a blood test to help identify the presence of Alzheimer’s disease in a patient. This is majorly beneficial for a number of reasons, not least of which because it removes the ambiguity from diagnoses and allows medical professionals to focus on treating patients rather than diagnosing them.
4. Disposable Medical Scopes
The FDA has, relatively recently, cleared a fully disposable duodenoscope for medical use, which effectively allows for the elimination of infection risk when reusing these scopes, as they are so singularly difficult to clean. This means that patients can undergo necessary medical examinations without running the risk of infection as a side effect, which is good.
5. LASIK Eye Surgery
The ability to essentially cure poor eyesight is an incredible thing and that is, in essence, what LASER eye surgery, such as LASIK in Baton Rouge, does. This is not the newest technology, but it still stands as a testament to the fact that anything can be overcome through the dedicated application of science and medicine.
Vaccines, though a comparatively old invention, are still unequivocally vital to the treatment of diseases today and without these wonderful innovations, we would have no reliable way to inoculate the public against any number of terrible diseases from measles to the more recently targeted coronavirus. Vaccines are of undeniable value to the health of the populace and stand as one of the most important medical innovations of all time.