While surfing on the internet looking for others breakthroughs in medicine achieved thanks to the evolution in technology and IC, I ended up reading this article:
Okay, now I know it’s not the most scientific source but it shows exactly what I am telling time after time. Technology is really important for the development of our health.
The article shows the latest 12 most significant medical breakthroughs. The article has been published on January 25 2012 so it is possible that it is a bit outdated but that doesn’t matter to my purpose. I just want to show you that from the 12 breakthroughs, 5 are only possible due to technological improvement. That’s almost 50%…
Let’s look at the third point: Skin cells Printer repairs burns (Huidcellenprinter herstelt brandwonden)
Thanks to the 3-D scan and 3-D printing it will be possible to ‘easily’ provide the patient of new skin after he suffers skin loss of skin burn.
It’s not the biggest and most deadly ‘disease’ but it shows that also the daily problems need to be investigated to help improve people’s health.
As mentioned in the article this technique can possibly evolve to ‘organ printing’ and would be a serious breakthrough in donor transplants and also a better solution as the second point in the article (alternative for donor organs).
The fourth point of is: Stomach Pacemaker combats obesity (Maagpacemaker bestrijdt obesitas)
This is also an ‘invention’ that has nothing to do with the most complicated diseases but a disease that occurs daily.
It’s the perfect alternative for unhealthy diets where people starve their selves or take pills that are not 100% controlled or worse not 100% safe.
It is also an alternative for the stomach ring.
The only disadvantage is the high price but this can lower in time as it is introduced in the market or when more research has been done.
The fifth point of the article is close to my previous post: Minilab accelerates correct diagnosis (Minilab versnelt correcte diagnose)
The minilab can detect all kinds of bacteria, viruses in the blood in a very short time instead of the examinations that are done nowadays and which take a lot of time. Examples are the MRSA-bacteria, better known as hospital bacteria. But also flue, cancer and HIV can be detected more quickly due to the minilab.
The fact that there are a lot of similar techniques, points out that those techniques are very doable and very useful!
The tenth point of the article is close to the point of the 3-D printer and 3-D scan: Brand new imaging technique (Gloednieuwe beeldvormingstechniek)
It is a new imaging technique that has been developed. Thanks to this technique it is possible to identify different areas in the lungs. The authentic tests could not identify the different areas and left doctors with no idea about which parts were affected. It is very helpful for people who suffer of ‘the innocent’ kind of asthma or for patients with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
It is an important breakthrough because now it is possible to give personalized and individual treatments to people because the doctors can see how the inhaled medication is distributed in the lungs.
The twelfth and last discussed breakthrough is: Cheap chip detects infectious diseases (Goedkope chip spoort besmettelijke ziekten op)
This chip is called the mChip (mobile microfluidic chip) and can tell whether the patient is infected with HIV, syphilis or other infectious diseases.
The greatest advantage is that it operates very fast. Instead of very long analysis hours it gives a result that is equally accurate in only 20 minutes.
This chip is also interesting because it can help in our debate about development aid. If this kind of chip is used in third world countries, the death rate -that is a consequence of those diseases- drops and the health increases. Then maybe the people realize that they can have a chance at a better life and they make a ‘click’ like we did after Pasteur’s inventions.