Healthcare technology has come a long way in modern times. And, the benefits of increased technology offers more life-saving opportunities for patients. Today, doctors can continuously monitor their patients, including monitoring previously unknown areas of health, such as brain waves and the oxygen concentration in blood. It’s an amazing time to be alive, and the following are five modern life-science technologies that are revolutionizing healthcare.
Advancements in Administration of Nutrients and Pharmaceutical Drugs
A major breakthrough in the administration of nutrients and building better pharmaceutical drugs is microscale thermophoresis, which is an immobilization-free technology. Basically, it allows researchers to bind the interactions of molecules of different sizes, which takes less time, consumes less of the sample, and offers more reliable results.
It’s a large and fully-automated device that fast-screens biomolecules. For regular folks, this means faster access to life-saving pharmaceutical drugs that used to require more laboratory time for testing. Its applications are broad and far-reaching, they include studies of peptides, DNA, proteins, liposomes, vesicles, viruses and more.
The Prevention of Genetic Diseases in The Womb
Although three-parent IVF is controversial, it is one of the most interesting and exciting discoveries of recent years. According to Medical News Today, as many as 4,000 children are born with mitochondrial diseases in the USA each year. These diseases include muscular dystrophy, ALS, and Leigh’s disease. These diseases are caused by genetic mutations, but with the advancements in mitochondrial donation, the potential for eliminating these diseases is quite high.
Basically, there are two ways donation is carried out. Maternal spindle transfer removes nuclear DNA from the donor egg leaving only the healthiest mitochondria. Once fertilized, it’s placed inside the mother. The other method is called pronuclear transfer and requires that both the mother’s egg and the donor’s egg be fertilized before, which creates two embryos. Then, the nuclear DNA is removed from the donated egg and transferred to the mother’s egg. Both methods are viable and have life-saving potential, but so far, it’s not been tested in humans and there is some debate over the morality of genetic engineering.
Advancements in Diabetic Care
In the past ten years, researchers have developed incredible technologic advancements in the field of diabetic care. Developments have even reduced the need for needle testing. Diabetic patients are required to test their blood glucose levels with a needle, but Echo Therapeutics has developed a needle-free option. They’re working on a transdermal biosensor, which is capable of reading blood analytes through the skin.
Patients may be more excited by a new arm patch that’s worn around-the-clock and reads glucose levels every 15 minutes. Unfortunately, the patch doesn’t provide real-time results, so patients will have to combine its use with other methods to effectively monitor their glucose levels. Roughly 29 million Americans have diabetes, and the disease has the potential to be fatal if insulin isn’t provided to those who need it to regulate their glucose levels.
Life-Saving Remote Monitoring Tools
As mentioned in this article’s introduction, today’s doctors can continuously monitor their patients even from their homes. This saves money by reducing travel and hospital stays, and it saves lives. Those living with pacemakers can be notified immediately when there’s troubling reports, as well as anyone living with a serious illness that requires close monitoring. Information is transmitted in real-time, which means an episode can be handled efficiently and ambulances dispatched immediately.
Overall, technological advancements in healthcare are hugely important. They help reduce costs, but more importantly it’s saving lives. Especially for people living with chronic illnesses, technology is improving their lives and in some cases curing them. As the years go on, expect to see more life-saving technology introduced to the healthcare sector.