When facing health challenges, patients will often times continue to search ways out of their distressing conditions. The world of science and medicine also works round the clock everyday to bring us new and better solutions in the health care world, however the technological world is not leaving us to our health struggles either. Here are 5 technological health advances you should be informed about.
NANODIAMOND CONTACT LENSES FOR GLAUCOMA PATIENTS
Glaucoma is a disorder of the eye which if left untreated could lead to blindness. Glaucoma is commonly treated using eye drops that help the eye drain or decrease fluid production. Sadly many patients have a hard time sticking to their medication dosing schedules, and administering the medications through drops poses some side effects in the eye and other parts of the body.
Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) are working to solve both problems and are developing contact lenses made from tiny nanodiamonds.
“The scientists bound together glaucoma-fighting drugs with nanodiamonds and embedded them onto contact lenses. The drugs are released into the eye when they interact with the patient’s tears.
The new technology showed great promise for sustained glaucoma treatment and, as a side benefit, the nanodiamond-drug compound even improved the contact lenses’ durability.”
Nanodiamonds are also being explored as potentials in helping with other diseases and disorders such as cancer.
Guessing users of this new treatment might as well be called “diamond eyes”
Diabetes patients have to manually manage their sugar levels with insulin everyday, not only is this a daunting task for diabetes patients but also the fact that this manual process has seen many die in their sleep due to sudden low sugar levels. It is also a daunting task having to have disrupted sleeping patterns from getting up at night to monitor insulin levels. Necessity they say is the mother of invention. Dana Lewis was fourteen when diagnosed with diabetes, she is a digital health analyst and together with her husband Scott Leibrand an expert in computer networks they devised a homemade artificial pancreas to help Dana manage her disease.
The artificial pancreas works as “a closed-loop system that constantly measures blood glucose levels, that is able to administer insulin and glucagon in the right amount at the right time – so patients with this chronic illness are able to go to sleep without any worries.”
The couple are in the mean time offering this as a DIY system for other diabetic patients since they currently don’t have FDA approvals for distributing as a medical device, irrespective this offers a better quality of life to patients as they have lesser need to manually treat or check their sugar levels and they get better sleep at night with lesser risks of dangers associated with dying due to low sugar levels in their sleep.
This device comes as a relief to those who suffer migraines and cluster headaches.
“For people who suffer from migraines, cluster headaches, and other causes of chronic, excruciating head or facial pain, the “take two aspirins and call me in the morning” method is useless. Doctors have long associated the most severe, chronic forms of headache with the sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG), a facial nerve bundle, but haven’t yet found a treatment that works on the SPG long-term. A technology under clinical investigation at Autonomic Technologies, Inc., (Redwood City, CA) is a patient-powered tool for blocking SPG signals at the first sign of a headache. The system involves the permanent implant of a small nerve stimulating device in the upper gum on the side of the head normally affected by headache. The lead tip of the implant connects with the SPG bundle, and when a patient senses the onset of a headache, he or she places a handheld remote controller on the cheek nearest the implant. The resulting signals stimulate the SPG nerves and block the pain-causing neurotransmitters.”
I came across hearing aids for the first time in college when I met a new friend who had lost his hearing after suffering and surviving a meningitis attack. He was using hearing aids. Common as this may seem there are still people who are oblivious to the existence of any device capable of helping someone with hearing loss hear again.
Hearing aids are electronic devices worn in or behind the ears, and amplify sounds, helping the patient hear and communicate in their daily lives. There are different types/styles of hearing aids and the needs of the patient determines what will be suitable. They count as indeed being very important in helping people once again live normally.
LASER TECHNOLOGY & MAGNETIC IMAGING:
At some point or the other we face the possibility of going through a surgery, to remove some thing that could be causing us discomfort or putting our lives at risk. We all fear the process of being cut open, and having different equipment invade our systems, we also fear the aftermath of such procedures.
Laser technology is being used in place of the previous conventional invasive surgery method, which in turn leads to less complications. Magnetic imaging on the other hand is a diagnostic tool that gives doctors a bird’s eye view of inside the human body, helping them diagnose life threatening conditions that may be lurking. This saves time and helps with correct options of treatment and healing for the patients.
There you have it, technology is helping us have some level of comfort too. Have any more to add, don’t hesitate to drop them in the comments section. Also subscribe to Your Health Attitude so you don’t miss any new posts.
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