Medical technologies have developed considerably in recent years. In fact, we have often heard of robots performing surgeries and experimental organs printed with a 3D printer. We share with you those that are actively used today and are not looking for sci-fi movies.
This is not a dream: these medical technologies are real!
Modern medicine helps us prolong our lives and our suffering. Of course, since the antibiotics, painkillers, and cancer screenings we’re used to have long been part of our lives, a development in this area is not surprising. However, there are also medical technologies that seem to come straight out of science fiction movies.
Advanced robot surgeons
Today’s robots aren’t as impressive and independent of humans as we see in sci-fi movies. But developments show that it could happen in the near future. In particular, earlier this year, Johns Hopkins researchers managed to excite the medical world by publishing results showing that autonomous tissue-intelligent robots (STARs) can perform complex laparoscopic surgery in pigs that requires reconnecting intestinal extremities. .
Stimulate the brain to treat depression
The idea of using electricity to treat mental illness may be repulsive in early psychiatry, given the brutal and sometimes abused history of shock therapy. But today, this situation has completely reversed thanks to advances in medical technology.
Various brain simulation methods show great promise for curing depression and other seemingly incurable illnesses. In theory, these treatments could somehow reset or stabilize the dysregulated brain activity associated with neuropsychiatric disorders.
In October last year, a research team published results showing that personalized deep brain simulation techniques, which involve implanting a pacemaker-like device into the human brain, successfully helped a woman battling severe depression for decades.
Of course, at the moment this technology is quite expensive. But in the near future, we could see a growing number of companies trying to produce similar technologies like Elon Musk’s Neuralink. In this way, the area of use and processing methods will also expand.
drug eluting contact lens
Not all innovations in medicine are achieved with the development of electronic devices. It is equally important to improve those that already exist. This month, the FDA in the United States approved the first non-medicated contact lenses developed to reduce and prevent itchy eyes, which release a dose of antihistamine within hours. Later, this technology could be used to treat other eye conditions like glaucoma, infections and cataracts.
Scientists have been working for some time on the idea of editing human genes to treat so-called difficult or incurable ailments. After all these years, the FDA has announced that it has approved at least two known gene therapies, the first of which dates back to 2017. In this way, it is claimed that an important step has been taken in the fight against cancer.
genetically modified pig organ transplant
The medical world has long been working on the transplantation of organs from other living beings. Of course, we know that there have been unsuccessful and prohibited cloning attempts. But today, this situation has taken a very promising turn.
Last year, two different research teams successfully transplanted organs from genetically modified pigs into brain-dead humans. In January of this year, a team in Maryland successfully transplanted the world’s first modified pig heart into a terminally ill patient. However, they cannot currently offer this treatment to all patients awaiting an organ transplant. It will have to go through clinical trials for a long time. However, we can say that it is promising.
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