Posts Tagged ‘medical health’
Going to the doctor is a costly expense for many; an expense that most cannot afford, and then still forking out for follow-up visits, it can all turn into a vicious financial snowball. Healthcare is a necessity that the world cannot do without, and thankfully many healthcare professionals are seeing the need for the sector to move to a digital front making financial and logistical sense for many.
As Malta turns into a hotspot of tourists, it seems to also be moving with the times and has recently opened its first biobank. The bank is the first DNA bank ever on Malta soil and it will hold an archive of DNA and blood samples of Maltese residents. Not only will this assist with future health but also opens the door to medical research on diseases, some of which are specific only to the Mediterranean.
2011 Proved to be quite a year for medical breakthroughs, particularly the cervical cancer vaccine that has raised a lot of hope in women who have a history of cancer in their families. Breast cancer vaccines have been in the spotlight again for a vaccine medical trial, helmed by the American military, set to start early 2012.
The trial drug is called NeuVax and was developed to prohibit reoccurrence of cancer in survivors who are in remission. The vaccine is a combination of an immune system stimulant combined with E-75 peptide with the HER2/neu protein, designed to drive immune system attacks on HER-2 driven cancers. HER-2 cancer tests are positive for the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) which is a protein that encourages the growth of cancer cells. The breast cancer vaccine was developed to combat the protein.
Professionals in the healthcare industry are looking to tailor medicine to specific patients after thorough genetic medical diagnosis. Regulatory affairs managers are petitioning that not only is this more cost effective for the industry, but also will result in better treatment for patients. The use of genetics in combination with effective medical diagnosis is not an everyday practice, but if incorporated into daily healthcare activity will benefit the industry greatly.
In this day and age, medical advances and medical innovations are something research centers strive for passionately on a daily basis. With all the talented people in the industry and so many medical innovations introduced so often, it was very difficult to select the top 5 medical innovations of 2011 but it had to be done, so here they are, in no particular order.
- T-cell antibody for metastatic melanoma
Clinical test are currently underway to test out a possible new diabetes medicine that has shown positive results in early testing on mice. In the United States alone, more than 25 million people suffer from Type two diabetes and although many cases are controlled by existing medication there are a few negative side effects from these. With the potential to eliminate fatal side effects, Dr Bruce Spiegelman and his clinical research associate group have made headway in the testing phase of the new medicine and these findings have already been published on September 4 by Nature Journal.
It might seem like nothing more than a simple Perspex Acrylic sheet, but that plastic mirror hanging on the bathroom wall could soon be used to help you keep tabs on your health and fitness. Medical mirror technology means that in the near future, the humble bathroom mirror will be transformed into a sophisticated medical tool for analysing the body’s vital statistics.
Ming-Zher Poh, a student in the MIT Health Sciences and Technology programme, has been developing a medical mirror that uses imaging software to measure a person’s vitals, from respiration and pulse rates and blood-oxygen to blood pressure. The medical mirror can also transmit important health information to your doctor via email. If you use the medical mirror regularly, it will build an information-rich personal health profile.