With technology advancing at an alarming rate, it’s no surprise that medicine advances with it as well. For applicable new technology that comes to market, scientists and doctors can adapt it for numerous uses in the medical field to advance treatments for both sick and healthy individuals.
Wearable Technology Products
Wearing items like smart watches and fitness bands can help a person monitor and improve their overall health and wellness. Devices like these have biosensors in them that can monitor the wellness of organs like your heart and brain. This kind of technology is meant to detect any unique health patterns letting the individual know what they need to change or what to improve in their overall health (Source: www.neurosky.com). If a person optimizes their health habits based on the patterns detected smart products like these, then they will be more likely to keep themselves healthy and, hopefully, live a longer life.
Headaches, migraines, and other head pains continually disrupt the health of untold numbers of people every day. A device in development to treat this is a patient-powered device that permanently implants a nerve stimulation device on the side of the head near the sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG), the site most doctors believe to cause the pain. With this in place, you are able to administer pain reducing signals, allowing you to continue your day without all of the terrible symptoms that follow a migraine.
Rapid Blood Test
When we go to the doctor for the treatment of flu like symptoms, science has shown us that the culprit is either bacterial or viral, though we’ve never been able to determine exactly which until now. In a rapid blood test invented by Duke University, your genetic fingerprint is recognized to such a degree of precision that, within 12 hours, your doctor can know if it is viral or bacterial. This allows him to treat you faster and more accurately, leaving you with a quicker recovery time.
3-D Printed Biological Materials
Harnessing the power of the 3-D Printer, the medical field wasted no time in developing its use into something that can benefit humanity. By printing organs, you can have a defunct kidney replaced with zero chance of rejection. Printing skin allows for skin grafts for those suffering from burns or skin disease. Basically, if there is an area of your body that needs to be removed, the use of the printer lets doctors to repair or replace it as if it were brand new.
Through preventative methods as well as more accurate treatments from doctors, technology has improved your ability to stay healthy, both now and in the future.
By Lizzie Weakley