Posts Tagged ‘medical technology’
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.
Greek scientists have published a paper explaining how two computer algorithms have been developed and combined with a thermal camera, to determine how much people have had to drink. Thermal camera’s are not revolutionary, but combined with the computer formulas have worked out to be a prime means of determining who’s had too much to drink.
In a major medical breakthrough, scientists at Washington University in Seattle, United States, have just discovered a method of investigating and identifying over 3000 genetic disorders that may affect an unborn child – a considerably higher number than can currently be recognised.
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.
The world has heard many varying opinions on stem cell research but the medical world has something new up its sleeve. It’s something that will put stem cell clinical trials at the forefront of medical breakthroughs, as opposed to controversy.
Stem cell guru and researcher Shinya Yamanaka has been credited with the extraction of stem cells from adult skin. This brilliant extraction paves the way – particularly for those who have suffered serious injury and thought perhaps there was no way back to health – by means of regenerating organs.
The healthcare industry is rapidly changing due to advancements in technology, over budgeting, and the heavy burden on facilities. Thus out of necessity it is evolving and with that, certain healthcare industry trends throughout 2011 have been recognised, giving insight into what we can expect from the global healthcare industry in the feature. Technology in particular will play a major role, affecting patients to doctors to those in health economics jobs.
Accidents around the world have left many paraplegics with the dream of being able to walk again, and medical technology is currently in final testing phases to make this a reality for many people who were told the dream was impossible. The new robotic “trousers”, which rival the toughness of a pair of Scruffs work trousers, have been designed by Israeli scientist Amit Goffer. Having suffered a personal accident in a car crash that left him paralysed, his mental acuity focused on developing a medical technology product that will enable paraplegics to be able to stand un-aided for periods and even with the correct training be able to climb a set of steps again. After over a decade of testing, the Robotic trousers codenamed Re-Walk will be able to be sold to persons in private healthcare facilities across the world.
Key developments in regenerative medicine, using fat cells often discarded from liposuction procedures, will be top of the topics for discussion at the upcoming annual conference of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons in Birmingham. Key points of the discussion will be the potential of using fat cells in regenerative medicine for reconstructive surgery, the methods of safely storing these cells, and the pharma logistics required for the system to work. Aligned with successful work in stem cells, the fat cells extracted have similar properties to umbilical cord cells and may offer another option for regenerative medicine.
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