The very idea of futuristic gadgets being used in medicine has been something of a dream, as many a people believe that the time of creation is far into the future, the very truth behind some of these innovation you thought or deem impossible will be revealed, their achievements and successes.
The past year was a very good year for medical technology as it was one of the greatest years for healthcare technology with innovations in medical devices, software, and administration of healthcare. The fast growth in the use of IT solution in healthcare is caused majorly by the heightened regulatory requirements for patients care and safety by healthcare providers, the growing need to improve the quality of healthcare and also moderate the soaring costs of health care.
THE STAR TREK TRICODER
The star trek has always been one of the teenagers and youths, inspiring millions of young innovators around the world to think beyond their world to something beyond what we thought possible and achieve the impossible. Qualcomm has a contest called Xprize, the contest has seven final teams developing the star trek recorder and the winner receives $10 million to bring the device to reality.
In the fictional star trek universe, a tricorder is a multifunction hand-held device used for sensor scanning, data analysis and recording data but the medical tricorder is used by doctors to help diagnose and collect bodily information about a patient.
TRICORDER FROM STAR TREK
ROBOTIC NURSE ASSISTANT
The need of a robotic nurse assistant came for the increased need of an extra hand when attending to patients, it has been noticed that nurses are injured every year from having to lift or move patients in bed or after an emergency from a fall. The need for someone strong enough to lift a patient brought about the advent of the robotic nurse assistant, there are many variation from the full robot such as RIBA (Robot for interactive body assistance) developed by RIKEN and the Tokia Rubber Industries and assisted hardware such as HAL(Hybrid assisted limb) robot suits delivered by Cyberdyne.
RIBA is the first robot that can lift up or set down a real human from or to a bed or wheelchair. The RIBA uses a very strong human like arms and novel tactile guidance methods using high-accuracy tactile sensors. The HAL is a robotic device that allows a nurse or a care worker to lift a patient with more stability and strength thereby preventing injuries to nurses.
3. ANTI-AGING DRUGS
The dream is to live long, as a child learns to say his first words and his first prayer it is common knowledge that the prayer for long life is one of the first prayer a child learns. It is true and without a doubt that scientists now believe that it is possible to actually stop people from growing old as quickly and help them live as long as their 110s and 120s in good health.
In 2016 the anti-aging drug entered its trial stage, and with these progress Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s becomes a thing of old. Although it seems impossible and to you a science fiction, researchers have already proven that the diabetes drug metformin extends the life of animals of animals. The Food and Drug Administration in the US has now given the go ahead for trial to see if the same effects can be replicated. The clinical trial is called Targeting Aging with Metformin (TAME), Dr. Jay Olshansky, of the University of Illinois said:” If we can slow ageing in humans, even by just a little bit it would be monumental. People could be older and feel young.
These should put smiles on the faces of candy lover has your greatest fear is almost put to bed. This advancement in technology if it hold true will open doors to extraordinary developments.
The secret to this technology lies in a color fish found in our continent Africa. In a collaborative study between the Georgia Institute of Technology and King’s College London, researchers looked at the fishes of Lake Malawi, who loses teeth just to have new one slide into place. Their study, published in the Proceedings of the National academy of Sciences, identifies the genes responsible for growing new teeth and may lead to the secret to tooth regeneration in humans.
Another study from a Harvard team successfully used low-powered lasers to activate stem cells and stimulate the growth of teeth in rats and human tissues in a lab. The results were published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. The fact that dentures and dental implants may soon become a thing of the past is possible due to the research being conducted. Stem cell research is making it possible to regrow your missing teeth.
LIGHT BULBS THAT DISINFECT AND KILL BACTERIA
There has always been light bulbs with special properties, this is no different only that what it does is just brilliant and extraordinary. It is not news that the hospital is a potential dangerous place with the exposure to different elements, bacteria’s and diseases. Indigo-Clean has developed a technology using visible light that continuously disinfect the environment.
In finality I will say that futuristic medical technologies might change healthcare from the bottom to the top. As your medical futurist it is my job to provide a good summary of the ongoing projects and detect the ones with the biggest potential to be used in the medical practices. The technologies listed below are common futuristic medical technological breakthroughs.
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