It is impossible to predict the development of medicine either from the position of an ordinary person or from the point of a doctor. In order to see the cause-effect relationships, it is necessary to know just everything about the medical ideology. It is necessary to be aware of where the new directions and approaches come from and how they are introduced. It is necessary to imagine how the new inventions relate to the needs and unresolved problems of medicine and how to evaluate the prospects of a particular method. The only thing we can tell for sure is that science and high technologies are among the biggest contributors to the development of modern medicine. In this post, let’s see what inventions have been recently made in the field of “high-tech” medicine.
1. The World’s First 3D-Printed Chest
Over the past few years, 3D printing technology has influenced many areas, contributing to the surprising discoveries, developments, and new production methods. In 2015, doctors from the University Hospital of Salamanca did the world’s first operation to replace the patient’s damaged chest with a new 3D-printed prosthesis. The patient suffered from a rare kind of sarcoma, and the doctors had no other choice. To avoid spreading the tumor further along the body, specialists removed almost the entire sternum from a human and replaced the bones with a titanium implant.
2. The First Human Embryo Was “Edited”
This year, in Portland, Oregon, scientists made a significant breakthrough in the technology of gene editing. Using CRISPR, they successfully removed the gene associated with heart disease from the human embryo. In other words, science has allowed for “editing” a human embryo. On the top of that, scientists first used the technology of gene editing CRISPR (the most accessible technique of editing genes) in the human body. A new study aimed to remove human papillomavirus in 60 women by applying a gel containing the necessary DNA coding for the cervix to disable the tumor growth mechanism.
3. New Technologies Allow Growing Organs
Owing to the application of modern technologies, the progress has been made in the field of regenerative medicine. Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine is currently leading projects oriented on growing of human organs and tissues. The discoveries of this researchers can help in the restoration of nerve damage and can even grow entire limbs and internal organs.
Medicine forges ahead, and every year, scientists find ways to treat complex diseases effectively. Specialists were able to create prostheses that help people move around fully, learned to control mass epidemics, treat early stages of cancer, and improve the practice of transplanting internal organs. Recent years were not an exception in this regard. During these the last years, scientists around the world have managed to make many discoveries and conduct hundreds of successful experiments.