Scientific research is progressing exponentially and consequently so are medical breakthroughs. There are many factors to thank for this blessing such as the developed technology that facilitates experimentation, communication and execution of ideas. It is always good to have more knowledge, so check out the following ten stunning medical breakthroughs and tell us your opinion in comments.
10. New Hope for Women With Poor Eggs
Ovarian insufficiency where women produce poor quality eggs is one of several reasons to infertility. Fortunately, Stanford University researchers are curing the condition using a process called in-vitro activation. The process involves taking an ovary or a part of ovarian tissue then treating it with proteins to aid the development of immature follicles into mature eggs. This is then re-implanted near the fallopian tubes for the production of healthy eggs.
9. Affordable Hearing Aids
Many sufferers of hearing impairment can overcome their problem with the help of hearing aids. However, not everyone can afford hearing aid devices and their maintenance. The good news is that Sound World Solutions, a Chicago based company, has developed an affordable type of hearing aids that uses Bluetooth. The bright thing about this prototype is that the Bluetooth hearing aids can be controlled using a smart phone.
8. Hair Turning Upside down
Do you want more hair? If yes, then check out what the researchers at Columbia University reached to help the hairless. The researchers figured out that the secret for rich hair growth can be achieved by the transplantation of new hair roots containing follicles and their surrounding cells upside down.
7. Electronic Vision
Patients with retinitis pigmentosa can now perceive objects more clearly and even distinguish colors with the FDA approved Second Sight bionic eye. The device consists of a little camera in a person’s glasses that takes images which are converted to electrical pulses that are sent wirelessly to an antenna in a retinal implant.
6. Sniffing Cancer
You might have heard about pets who can smell cancer, but this is not the case with the Georgia Tech Research Institute cancer breathalyzer. This is a device that analyzes the breath sample of a patient checking for volatile organic compounds that indicate the presence of cancer. The best advantage about this breakthrough is that it is much more affordable than a biopsy.
5. A New Step in Pregnancy Tests
With the help of Clearblue Advanced Pregnancy Test With Weeks Estimator, you will not only know whether you are pregnant or not but you will also know how far pregnant you are since ovulation. The test simply checks for the levels of the pregnancy hormone to make an estimate of weeks.
4. Why Get Three Doses Against HRV When You Can Get One
Protection against genital warts and cervical cancer is a necessity and that is why the human papillomavirus vaccine is for children. Scientists figured out that one dose of the vaccine induced 24 times more antibodies than infection with the read virus. That is why the three doses recommendation might not be obligatory.
Face transplantation is no longer a science fiction fantasy. Face transplants of three individuals were analyzed and that fact that blood vessels rearranged themselves and grew towards the patients’ ears is encouraging to go on with the process. Complications of the procedure are decreased but there are government regulations that need to be arranged before donation of face and hand transplants.
2. Gluing Wounds
Wounds resulting from accidents and surgical procedure has always been closed by stitches since ancient Egypt. The problem about stitching is that it is a very expensive procedure and can sometimes lead to leakage from the wound. Thanks to biologists from Ithaca College, slug slime is a stunning alternative to stitching.
1. Medical 3D Printers
The invention of 3D printers opens a lot of controversy about the printing of weapons and printing other 3D printers. However, the field of medical 3D printing is a marvelous medical breakthrough where scientists started by printing an ear and went on to produce blood vessels, printing skin cells on wounds and is are expected to print a liver.