The health industry is always benefiting from medical innovations through chemistry, technology, and biology. Today we have machines that can immediately read our blood sugar levels and 3D printed prosthetics made from long-lasting materials for any limb. As technology advances, more innovations are made with the use of machines that can deeply analyze data that humans wouldn’t be able to do so on their own. Here are some modern innovations in the medical realm you should know about.
Online pharmacies that provide telemedicine
Since the invention of video conferencing software, many industries have taken advantage of it. Private companies now use video calls instead of attending physical meetings. And the medical industry has cashed in on the invention as well by providing Telehealth services. Pharma companies and insurance providers are opting for this new way of communicating with their patients to save time and money.
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FDA approvals for prostate cancer and overactive bladder treatments
In the pharmacology world, Roivant Sciences is a leader in biopharmaceutical and biotech innovations. The company focuses on redesigning inefficiencies in the medical industry into novel solutions through its subsidiaries, which are also known as Vants. Some of these include Axovant (focuses on neurology), Dermavant (dedicated to dermatology), and Myovant Sciences, which focuses on women’s health and endocrine diseases.
Myovant has been presented with FDA approvals for two of its most recently developed treatments—Relugolix and Vibegron. Relugolix is a medical treatment for advanced prostate cancer and women’s health, specifically women suffering from endometriosis. On the other hand, Vibegron is used to treat an overactive bladder by relaxing it and thus allowing more storage of urine in it.
3D printed bionic cyborg eyes
A group of researchers at the University of Minnesota have produced a device that closely resembles a bionic cyborg eye. The device is capable of absorbing light(just like an eye) on a hemispherical (or round) surface. This 3D-printed cyborg eye is made with semiconductors and light receptor arrays and can have its debut on people who lack one of their eyes or android entities.
Augmented reality to treat phobias
Another innovative solution in the medical realm is the use of virtual or augmented reality (AR) to treat certain kinds of phobias. When patients suffer from a phobia such as acrophobia (or irrational fear of heights), they need to be faced with their fears in a safe environment. This is where AR comes into place. These patients meet with their mental healthcare provider and go through various sessions where they wear the AR and as each session passes, they get more and more intense in the fear factor. They for example are placed at a higher level of a virtual building or on a Ferris wheel.
Medical contact lenses that detect low glucose levels
Lastly, a medical advancement that can’t be unnoticed is the UNIST’s design of contact lenses that detect glucose levels in diabetes patients. These lenses may look like ordinary lenses but they are carefully engineered with electronic components like an antenna, glucose sensor, and an LED that reacts when glucose levels measured from the eye’s tears pass the threshold. Technology like this can help diabetes patients rid themselves of painful pricks to the fingers when measuring their glucose levels.
It’s due to medical advances like these and pharmacy innovations that humanity has moved forward and evolved into more advanced beings capable of solving their own problems. With more advancements and transformative medicines, we will be able to get rid of rare diseases with efficacy.