One of the coolest things about the health, wellness and medical fields is that they are always changing.
Always getting better.
Scientists, doctors and fitness experts are constantly coming up with new methods and technologies that allow us to be healthier, fitter, slimmer and just all-around feel better.
Sometimes, these new inventions even save lives.
Do you keep up with the latest medical and health-related advances?
If you don’t, you should. Who knows, one of them could be just what you need to lose weight or treat an underlying health condition.
Here are just a few of the new advances you should know about …
The migraine zapper
Migraines aren’t just painful … they downright ruin your day.
You can’t focus …
You can’t concentrate …
And everything else stops.
Thanks to a new development from NYU, those migraine-filled days may soon be over.
Called the Cefaly, this tech comes as a band that’s worn across your forehead. Put it on for just 20 minutes, and it will electrically stimulate nerves in your head, keeping those migraines at bay for the full day.
There’s also another version called the SpringTMS, which uses magnetic energy instead of electrical signals. Both are FDA approved, and both are effective.
It turns out that a hormone called relaxin, which is produced by pregnant women, can actually decrease stress on the heart.
It opens up blood vessels, decreases inflammation and reduces risk of heart disease.
Scientists have now developed this hormone into a treatment for heart failure patients. It’s called Serelaxin and when used, it can increase their rate of survival by nearly 40 percent.
Have you ever had to be anesthetized for a medical treatment? Was it scary? Expensive? Time-consuming?
That’s pretty normal. Anesthesiologists come with a high cost – both for the patient and the doctor’s office – even if only the smallest of doses is needed.
Fortunately, those days may be gone. A new “robot doctor” called the Sedasys has now been released, which monitors vitals, measures out dosages of sedative and wakes up patients via an earpiece.
It’s ideal for light and moderate sedations, and it can cut down on costs and hassle significantly. Sounds like a win-win to me.
A new “vaccine” is being used to fight and cure cancer – and it’s having great results.
During the treatment, doctors teach the patient’s immune system to recognize the cancer cells as invaders. Then, specially altered bacteria is injected into the body, essentially activating the immune system’s attack response.
The treatment is delivered every three weeks and is said to be much less harsh on the body than chemo. That means no hair loss, nausea and other unwanted symptoms.
Hepatitis C is a deadly condition, killing 15,000 Americans annually. Less than 40 percent of people who have the virus survive.
Now, thanks to a pill called Sovaldi, a whopping 90 percent of Hep C patients can be cured.
It was recently approved by the FDA and should save thousands of lives every year.
Mobile stroke care
Did you know … the longer a stroke patient goes without medical care, the more damage that is done to their brain?
Sadly, it’s true.
Fortunately, mobile stroke units are making stroke care and response faster every day.
These ambulances are equipped with all the everything needed to both diagnose and treat a stroke, and neurologists, nurses and CT techs are all on hand (in person or via video) to help out.
Traditionally, pacemakers have used thin lead wires to keep the heart beating.
But did you know those can crack, break and leak into the body?
When this happens, it can cause infection or even death, in serious cases.
Luckily, this problem may be a thing of the past, thanks to a new, leadless pacemaker that just hit the market. It is tiny, wireless and inserted directly into the heart – so there are no lead-related complications whatsoever.
Just a strong, beating heart for many years to come.
Heart attack risk test
Do you have a history of heart problems in your family?
A new study found that high levels of a certain compound in your blood – called TMAO – can indicate you have a higher risk of heart disease.
A simple blood test can reveal your TMAO levels, and if they’re higher than normal, you can start preventative measures right away – long before there’s a problem.
This is great for anyone with high cholesterol or a history of cardiac issues in their gene pool.
Medical and health advancements get more and more amazing every year. They save lives, make us healthier and change our world for the better. I wonder what they’ll come up with next?