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5 Latest Breakthroughs That Have Changed Healthcare

Dr. Qurrat Ul Ain

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Researchers are paving way for the advancement of medicine, and significant medical discoveries are being made every year. Hopefully, this will improve how general physicians approach diagnosis and treatment. Here is a list of latest medical breakthroughs that will revolutionise healthcare:

1- Alternative pain therapy:

Opioid therapy has turned into a medical crisis. Most commonly, chronic pain is the reason for opioid prescription. This opioid given for pain management has the potential to turn into an addiction. Therefore, this alternative to opioid therapy is a welcome step.

This new technique involves the use of pharmacogenomic testing that uses the genetic makeup of the patients to find which drug is best for use. This technique could avoid needless prescription of ineffective medication, replacing them with better efficacy drugs with minimum adverse effects and tailored to suit the needs of the patient.

2- Immunotherapy for cancer treatment:

Biologic therapy or cancer immunotherapy is a technique that uses the body’s immune system to fight cancer. With the help of engineered T-cells and joint therapy, cancer treatment could become more successful, and revolutionary.

3- Improvement in stroke intervention:

Timely response is crucial in stroke management because irreversible brain damage can occur due to hypoxia. However, most traditional treatments for stroke needed to be given within a small window period. New guidelines that were released last year show a lengthened time frame for stroke treatment. This expanded window is going to help patients and will save thousands of people from disability. Increased number of stroke patients thus can be treated even if they come late.

4- Patient-specific 3-D printing:

With the advent of 3-D printing, medical devices can be made according to patient size and specification. The future devices will be according to natural anatomy and will provide increased comfort to the patient. Even the most advanced care can be provided with these tailored instruments.

5- Virtual reality for medical education:

A computer can help create simulated programs which can provide simulation training to doctors. VR/MR, virtual reality and mixed reality, can be used to sharpen the skill of those in the medical profession. Audio, visual, kinesthetic, all types of learners can take advantage of this program.

6- Robotic surgeries:

Shorter and less invasive surgeries are preferred in today’s age. With the integration of robotics, the surgical methodology has become very precise, with minimal invasion, and higher accuracy. They can be used anywhere from endovascular procedures to the spinal procedures. Such surgeries also result in lesser surgery time, lesser recovery time, and minimum hospital stay. Furthermore, even pain management becomes easier with minimally invasive surgeries.

7- Injection for migraine prevention:

Precise treatment for migraine management is not there, rather was not there. FDA has recently announced the approval for a preventive drug for migraine attacks. This drug is Aimovig, a calcitonin gene-related peptide blocker that can be given once a month for prevention.

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Disclaimer: The contents of this article are intended to raise awareness about common health issues and should not be viewed as sound medical advice for your specific condition. You should always consult with a licensed medical practitioner prior to following any suggestions outlined in this article or adopting any treatment protocol based on the contents of this article.

Dr. Qurrat Ul Ain - Author Dr. Qurrat Ul Ain is an Internal Medicine Specialist practicing in Islamabad. Dr. Qurrat Ul Ain has the following degrees: M.B.B.S., F.C.P.S. (Medicine) and has 9 years of experience. You can book an appointment with her trough oladoc. She believes that awareness is the key to superior health care in Pakistan and thus loves to write on healthcare to raise awareness about a healthy lifestyle. If you wish to read his healthcare articles and advice, please visit the following links:
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