5 Medical Advancements To Expect In 2018
Things are moving quite fast this year, in every single industry, and modern medicine is no exception. If reports are to be believed, there might be a few new ways to approach health issues that can change our lives like never before. While most of these milestones are being implemented abroad, it’s only a matter of time until they percolate down to every country in the world. Here’s a look at those medical advancements!
Gene Therapy For Diseases In The Retina
Gene therapy has been approved for inherited retinal disease by the FDA. The approval clearly signals the beginning of a new era for gene therapy, which earlier suffered several setbacks. Patients with a defective gene called RPE65 – which produces a protein in the light receptors of the eye- were without hope at one time. But with the latest treatment called Luxturna created by Spark Therapeutics, healthy copies of the gene is delivered to the retina, thereby restoring eye sustainability. This however, is completed with the help of a benign virus.
Patient Monitoring With A New Approach
Big data is slowly making its way into hospitals and that could be a turning point as operations will now monitor those alarms and let the staff know when intervention is required. With the help of artificial intelligence algorithms, they will always be able to tell which patient is about to show signs of poor health and let the doctors and nurses intervene on time, before the situation becomes too critical.
People suffering from Type 1 diabetes have a new hope now. A hybrid close-loop insulin delivery system which is essentially called an artificial pancreas is expected to become more popular this year as patients want this technology more than anything else. It has been approved by the FDA and enables direct mode of communication between the insulin pump which stabilizes the glucose level of the person and the glucose monitoring device itself
Sleep apnea is dangerous as it leads to heart disease, cardiac arrest, strokes and a lot more. Even though treatments such as the CPAP machine are effective, they still make sleeping too hard for people who have sleep apnea. That is probably the reason why most patients refuse to use this device. Neuromodulation is the best and most advanced way to treat apnea as the implant is controlled with the help of a patch that is worn during sleep. This stimulates the patient and makes sure the key airwaves are open while they sleep. Tests have also suggested that this method is far more comfortable than previously used ones.
Reduction of LDL Cholesterol
Bad cholesterol, better known as low-density lipoprotein is the biggest reason behind heart disease. A new drug combination has just come into existence, and studies suggest that it reduces bad cholesterol by 75%. Tests and trials are still underway, to see how low the cholesterol can go.