The more technological our world becomes, the more options we have when it comes to our health. Many of these breakthroughs we have today weren’t available 10, 5, or even two years ago. Scientists, researchers, and doctors are working every day to find new ways to treat different diseases and conditions. As soon as the treatments and cures that they come up with are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), they become available to the public. Some of the newest breakthroughs will improve your life, some will change your life, and there are some breakthroughs that will save your life. By the end of 2017, the face of medicine will have changed.
The Mini Pacemaker
If you have an electrical glitch in your heart, it can be fatal. Many people who have this type of heart problem are fit with a pacemaker. While they are effective, placing them is a very invasive procedure. Also, the wires that connect the pacemaker to your heart can become infected, causing serious complications. There is a mini pacemaker that is still in the clinical trial process, however, it should be approved by the FDA by early 2017. This pacemaker requires no wires, therefore, there is no chance of infection. The procedure of implanting the pacemaker is non-invasive and there is no surgery required. It would get implanted into your heart by pushing the implant through the femoral vein using a catheter. This tiny device can change the face of medicine.
The Innovative Treatment for a Torn ACL
Each year, emergency rooms in the United States see between 100,000 and 300,000 torn ACL’s The typical way to repair these injuries is to take tendons for another part of the body and repair the torn ACL. A woman named Martha Murray didn’t understand this form of treatment, and she applied to medical school to find a better method. Finally, decades later, she did it. When you tear your ACL, the blood clots that should allow your ligaments to reconnect become dissolved in the fluid in the knee. Murray developed a scaffold that is sewn into the two torn end. This will keep the blood from being dissolved in the knee fluid. Within 8 weeks of the treatment, the torn ACL will be replaced by new tissue that grows on its own. This treatment method is much less invasive and it cuts the treatment time in half. It is expected that by the end of 2017, that most orthopedic surgeons will be using this method of treatment.
The Jawbone UP2 Activity Tracker
Over the next year, it is estimated that there will be 5,000,000 people wearing this activity bracelet. Within the next 5 years, there will be 13,000,000 people wearing this bracelet. It is an activity bracelet that tracks your activity, sleep habits, and a variety of other health information. The reason that so many people will be wearing this bracelet is that their health care provider will offer discounts on their premiums for the data. These discounts can save you thousands of dollar. If your insurance company offers you this deal, you should accept.
High LDL Cholesterol Will Be a Thing of the Past
If you go to the doctor and each time you find out your bad cholesterol, or LDL, is high, you may not need to worry much longer. By 2017, the FDA is expected to approve two drugs called PCSK9 inhibitors. They have been proved to silence a cholesterol creating gene called PCSK9. The patients who have been involved in the study so far have had LDL levels that dropped by 50 percent. These medications can greatly reduce your risk of heart disease and heart attacks.
The Bionic Eye
Age-related macular degeneration is a common cause of blindness in adults. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this condition. Earlier this year, an octogenarian from Britain came up with a device that will allow you to see if you lose your sight to this disease. It is called the Argus II, and it takes video images that are caught on a special pair of glasses and it converts them into electrical pulses. These pulses are sent to electrodes that are transmitted wirelessly. When the pulses reach the brain, they are registered as shapes, light, and dark. This technology is available in 18 United States cities, and by the end of 2017, it should be available nationwide.
Delete Disease Don’t Treat It
Over the past few years, we have been using DNA manipulation to eradicate a variety of diseases. So far, researchers have made HIV patients more resistant to the virus by manipulating genes. They have been able to relieve the symptoms in sickle cell patient by tweaking the right genes. By the end of 2017, researchers expect to have deleted hundreds more diseases and conditions from existence using genetic manipulation.
Medical Professional Have Gone Wireless
Over the past few years, more and more people have gone wireless. Doctors are included. Currently, there are several doctors and therapists who see patients via video chat. It is expected that by the year 2017, over ½ of the practices in the United States will offer video chat treatments.
No More Swallowing Pills
There are many people who need to take medication every day, who hate swallowing it. By the end of 2017, this should be a thing of the past. In August 2016, the FDA approved a new type of pill that is 3-D printed, and it dissolves into liquid the second liquid goes into your mouth. Before you even have a chance to swallow the pill, it will already have turned into liquid. The first drug approved for this method was an epilepsy drug called Spirtiam, and by the end of 2017, hundreds of more drugs should be approved.
Drugs for the Female Libido
There are plenty of medications available to boost a man’s libido, but there have been none for women, until now. In August 2015, the FDA approved a medication called Addyi, which is approved for low sex drive in women. It is expected that by the end of 2017, every pharmaceutical company will have their own version of this drug, and they will all have FDA approval.
Mobile Stroke Units
One of the biggest killers of American women is a stroke. There is a drug that can save your life called tPA. The only catch is that you have to get the drug within 3 hours of having a stroke. The way many strokes work is that you won’t know your loved one had one until time has almost run out. Over the past year, mobile stroke units equipt with tPA, diagnostic machines, and a trained staff have been popping up in emergency room parking lots all over the U.S. It is expected that by the end of 2017, over 40 percent of emergency rooms in major cities will have these mobile units available.
Thanks to technology, people will likely be healthier by the end of 2017. By the end of 2027, poor health and disease could be a thing of the past.