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What can you expect from 2018

2018

What a year!

Every time a year ends, you think you’ve seen everything and there’s nothing that can surprise you anymore. But time and time again, you are proven otherwise. However, that isn’t always a bad thing.

I want to show you that despite all the scary things you hear from the news, there are a lot of good things that get seemingly unnoticed by the media.

So I decided to show you my favorite medical breakthroughs of 2017:

Spray-on skin for burn victims

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Biomedical scientists created a device that sprays stem cells onto wounds. This new technology can help victims:

  • grow a new, healthy layer of skin.
  • eliminate pain and scarring.

Dozens of burn patients have been successfully treated in trials. Unfortunately, the device is still waiting FDA approval.

Gene Therapy

This is a giant leap into the future for medicine. Because scientists have uncovered a game-changing breakthrough that allows them to correct the DNA genes in humans.

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This is significantly huge, because this already enabled them to wipe out harmful genes causing fatal heart conditions. This revolutionary gene-editing technique is called CRISPR. If you want to know more, click the following link.

These are just my top two favorite breakthroughs of this year, but there are countless more. Science is advancing each day and the future looks quite bright if you ask me.

But, what does 2018 hold in store for us?

Here are two medical innovations that I am personally looking forward to this coming year:

Neuromodulation to treat obstructive sleep apnea.

Currently, there are over 21 million Americans who suffer from sleep apnea.

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And this is not just an issue of having a good night’s sleep, not even close. This illness usually lurks in the dark and can creep up on you by causing:

  • high blood pressure
  • heart disease
  • stroke

So far, the treatment for this disease is continuous positive airway pressure device (C.P.A.P.). But researchers offer patients an alternative – an implant that delivers stimulation to open key airway muscles during sleep. This implant acts like a pacemaker, synchronizing the intake of air with the action of the tongue. Clinical trials have shown positive results and it is predicted to be the technology that will revolutionize sleeping.

Gene therapy for inherited retinal diseases.

Scientists await approval of the FDA for a new gene therapy for inherited retinal diseases.

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This technology targets damaged genes and would provide visual improvements in patients with forms of Leber congenital amaurosisand retinitis pigmentosa. These are rare genetic conditions which result in progressive vision loss and eventually blindness.

And these examples are just a drop in the ocean. Much more is to come in the future..

To your health!

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