The medical field is constantly changing. With the newest and latest technology and innovations, new medical products are constantly being created, tested and released on the market for use on patients. Medicine is forever trying to better the lives of those who suffer from one medical condition or another, to create happier, healthier and longer lives. Every year new products are introduced that are helping to save lives and this year is no different.
Some of the developments will continue to be clinically studied while being used by patients but the results are all promising. Knowing how these products will effect patients long term, will obviously need continual monitoring through the years. Regardless, there are promising results with many new medical products that can dramatically change, and even save people’s lives. The following are 10 life-saving medical products that are planning to be available in 2017.
Millions of people live Diabetes Type 1 and battle the challenges of keeping their insulin levels in check on a regular, daily basis. When the pancreas fails to produce insulin properly, glucose levels can skyrocket, plummet, and simply get out of control so that your health is at risk for major complications, such as blindness, kidney failure, neuropathy and more. In order to regulate insulin levels, patients must give themselves multiple injections of insulin
In an effort to help those who suffer with Diabetes Type 1, an artificial pancreas has been developed that helps calculate and regulate the individual’s insulin levels by the use of a complex technology, using computer algorithms. It sensors the levels and acts as a substitute endocrine system to that of a healthy pancreas. Unlike how it may sound, it does not require any type of incision or transfer of tissue. The companies involved with this development include Dublin-based Medtronic and JDRF, previously recognized as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. It is in final stages of development with plans to be ready for release next year.
3D Visualization and Augmented Reality for Surgery
Surgeons have relied on the use of their own eyes as well as other microscope oculars or other form of camera piece to view their subject and guide them through their procedures. Today, there is a better way for surgeons to operate with a more highly intensive visualized view of their patients. The two most intricate types of surgeries include those in neurosurgery and retinal micro surgery require such fine detail in visualization that doctors have been experimenting with a new technological in stereoscopic systems. These systems allow surgeons to see, in 3D, their subject. They are totally immersed in the image and area of surgery so that they can perform the most detailed tasks. 3D visualization and augmented reality for surgery is set to begin usage in 2017 and is expected to be life changing as well as life-saving, for certain patients.
Stents have been being placed in blood vessels for years and is a known life-saving treatment for coronary artery disease. It has claimed many lives over the years and these tiny tubes work best when inserted during the patient’s acute stage of treatment to hold arteries in place. As much as they may be needed, once the stent is put in the vessel, it has to remain there for life. This can not only make future surgeries a more difficult task for doctors, but it can cause complications for the patients. A new invention set to be released next year is the bioabsorable stent. It is made of an absorbable material that the body rids of itself over time, along with dissolvable sutures. These stents will continue to save lives and have been US approved.
Tookie vest for oncology
For those who are dealing with cancer, especially children, then you know firsthand how all the cords and lines that have to be inserted to receive treatment can become cumbersome and get in the way. Children want to pull at them and elderly people may get confused, wanting to take them out. The Tookie vest for oncology is a vest worn for the safety and management of central catheters and other lines that are necessary for treatment that without them could be dangerous. It helps prevent pull outs and fall outs while keeping the lines accessible.
Over 200,000 vests have been fitted in the UK with over 10,000 are used on children and was to be shown at an Innovative even in November of 2016 before the launch. The vest was developed by Liverpool based healthcare innovation business, Tookie Ltd.
Liquid biopsies for finding circulating tumor DNA
What is more lifesaving than anything that can help find and prevent or treat cancer? Liquid biopsies are being revered as the flagship of cancer detection by the federal government’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative. Tests will be able to be conducted, called liquid biopsies that uncover any signs of DNA or circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) that is shed from tumors into the bloodstream. The biopsy will be able to pick it up easier because ctDNA is more than 100 times more copious in blood than the tumor cells alone. Test kits will hit the market this year and are expected to become routine in the world of cancer detection.
The Cereve System
Millions of people suffer with insomnia. Although it doesn’t seem like a major medical problem, it can be. People who suffer with insomnia cannot relax and fall asleep to get deep and restful sleep enough to function at their optimum level each day. They may pop numerous types of pills to help them sleep which can have devastating effects on the brain and body. Dr. Eric Nofzinger studied the brains of insomniacs by MRI and discovered that people with insomnia have trouble getting their brains to settle down enough to fall asleep. He developed a device that pumps water from a device on the side table, to a pad worn on the forehead to help cool the head and brain and allow for sleep to set in. This will be a big breakthrough for people who fight sleep and are at risk for over fatigue and over-medicating with sleep aids. For some, it can be lifesaving.
Treating any type of cancer has been a challenge. There have been new treatments in development over the years, but this one aims at leukemia is specific and non Hodgkins lymphomas. Chemeric antigen receptor T-cell therapies are treatments where a patient’s own T-cells are removed and genetically reprogrammed to hunt down and destroy cancer cells. This treatment has goals of seeing about a 90% remission rate and it is planned to have an FDA approval next year and for treatments to begin on a regular basis.
Kidney disease can be a fatal disease and it effects millions of people every year. Renal failure is the number one cause for needing kidney transplant and this can be a very difficult thing to accomplish due to the fact that a donor is needed. Currently, it is estimated that there are over 100,000 patients on the donor list and 3,000 being added every year. Today, leading technology and innovation has lead a team of University scientists to develop an artificial kidney that is due to begin trials this coming year. The artificial bio-hybrid kidney uses living kidney cells in combination with a series of specific microchips that are powered by the human heart to filter waste from the blood stream in the same manor a real kidney would. This new discovery could save many lives.
Hemopure is an artificial blood product that has been developed and currently has been approved for use in canines but there is hope for an FDA approval for use in humans, soon. It is derived from cow hemoglobin to help replenish the red blood cells when there is a loss of blood due to injury, illness or accident. It is not identical to real human blood but it can help save lives when a rare blood type is not available and in need, especially because Hemopure is compatible with all blood types. Hemopure has a shelf life of 36 months at room temperature and is screened for contaminants and pathogens. It could be the next best thing for blood replacement in the near future.
Remote patient monitoring
When patients can be monitored by healthcare providers remotely, it can help keep patients safe and even save lives. Providers will know how to act on the information they are receiving on the patient and act accordingly. The information collected would be a wide range of data from the point of care; vital signs, weight, blood sugar and blood pressure, as well as heart rate, oxygen levels, even and electrocardiogram. The information can be transmitted to a wide range of facilities that are monitoring the patient, from hospitals, intensive care units, skilled nursing facilities and more. It is a cost effective way for patients to have access to healthcare in a remote setting, as well as providers to stay connected and on top of their patient’s health without having to make an in-office or facility appointment.