The medical field has seen outstanding advances in the past decade. Since scientists announced their success in drafting the human genome back in 2000, the effect of technology and science on the medical field has been tremendous. New developments and discoveries have revolutionized the process of preventing and treating some human diseases. Today, diseases that were considered instant death sentences such as HIV/AIDS and cancer are a bit less horrifying. This article will highlight three recent breakthroughs that are likely to transform medicine in the nearest future.
Reducing the impacts of HIV
HIV/AIDS claims close to 1.8 million lives on an annual basis, and it is the third major cause of death in third-world countries. However, a new study published in the journal Blood avails a potentially new strategy for combating the disease: rather than killing the virus, enable the human body to resist it. Researchers from the renowned Johns Hopkins University collaborated with those from Imperial College London to expose HIV by getting rid of cholesterol from the cellular wall, thus creating a big hole in the membrane of the virus and making it permeable. This resulted in a stronger adaptive response coordinated by immune cells. Although researchers will need to work extremely hard before announcing a cure for HIV, this discovery could dramatically minimize the amount of resources committed to treating and preventing the spread of the disease.
Augmented Reality (AR)
Augmented reality involves a computer digitally enhancing the sounds and images of real-life surroundings. Millions of Americans enjoyed a one of a kind experience of augmented reality in July 2017 when Pokemon GO was unveiled. Although AR tools like AccuVein have been deployed into the medical field, the popularity of this amazing technology will increase immensely in 2018. AccuVein allows nurses and phlebotomists to map out the veins of the patients. Other major advantages of AR tools include:
– Teaching medical students and even doctors how to carry out certain procedures and surgeries.
– Assisting patients in envisioning their own states, surgeries, treatments, and recoveries.
– Simplifying the process of locating life-saving equipment and medical facilities by mapping them out.
Interoperability is an exciting medical innovation that allows smooth communication between different digital systems within a hospital. Today, doctors can access case files, medical records, and a wide range of references and sensitive medical information with just a simple click.
Scientists across the globe have been continuously working towards discovering new medical treatments, which will transform millions of lives. So, these inventions – and many others – are likely to be introduced into the medical arena on a regular basis.