Tag: Future of Healthcare

The Human Brain, the Least Understood and Most Exciting Organ

Paul survived a car crash but was paralyzed because of a spinal cord injury. In the hospital, doctors inserted an implant into his brain and another implant to the end of his spine. The two implants were connected and formed a channel to communicate the brain signals to the lower part of the spinal cord that is still functional. Paul was able to walk again. The above is an imagined story, but it may well happen in the future. Neuroscientists and entrepreneurs like Elon Musk are experimenting with new approaches to repair damaged neural connections currently considered untreatable. The...

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3D Printing is a Game-Changer in Surgery

In 2016, a nine-month-old baby boy in China was found to have a rare heart defect. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Without surgery, doctors estimated that he had only a 20 percent chance of surviving to his first birthday. However, the complexity of the surgery was a risk factor that concerned his doctor. The doctor 3D-printed a full-size model of his tiny heart for the surgery pre-planning. The baby recovered after the surgery and is expected to live with little to no lasting ill effects. The Seven Revolutions in Healthcare That Will Impact Your Life – Part 2 Healthcare,...

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Genomics Spells the End of ‘One Size Fits All’ Medicine

The same disease can cause different symptoms in different people. The same drug affects everyone differently.  COVID-19 has reminded us once again that medicine is not “one size fits all”.  Breakthroughs in genomics have made it possible to tailor prevention, diagnosis, and treatment to individual levels.  The Seven Revolutions in Healthcare That Will Impact Your Life – Part 1 Within five to ten years, healthcare as we know it may be changed radically. Disruptive technologies such as genomics, artificial intelligence, or 3D printing have already started to have an...

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