Top 10 Health Innovations Of The Year

Posted: Oct 20 2016, 2:03am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
Top 10 Health Innovations of the Year
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10 Best Health Innovations That Could Save Lives

The following 10 best health innovations could help save lives and allow human beings to live with the optimum of fitness and high spirits.

Novel Forms of Oxytocin

Many women die each year from complications during their pregnancy phases. During childbirth too, they face a lot of trauma and many do not make it out alive from the ordeal. Severe bleeding is often a symptom and the results are not good. Yet the hormone oxytocin helps heal hemorrhages. The only problem is that it is not available in remote regions.

Also it needs to be placed in a fridge and this cooling technology is not found in backwards areas. Novel forms of oxytocin are in the making. They will change the face of healthcare for mothers and children during the pregnancy phase. The new form of the hormone will not have to be stored in freezing conditions and will not require skilled health workers for its administration.

Kits for Economical Uterine Balloon Tamponades

Post-birth hemorrhages are a big problem as was discussed in the previous section on oxytocin. A uterine balloon tamponade is often the straightforward solution to this problem in the developed world. It is basically a small balloon that exerts pressure against the walls of the uterus.

It thus stems the flow of blood. A cheap version can be constructed by tying a condom to a catheter and blowing it up. Such a device would be 80% effective for women who are irresponsive to medical treatment.

New Tools for the Proper Detection of Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia is a common condition associated with high blood pressure that shoots up suddenly to dangerous levels. 5% of pregnant women face this issue. If it is not treated, it can lead to full-blown seizures. The two conditions are the major causes of maternal death during pregnancy.

Especially in backward regions the lack of proper medical infrastructure is a big hindrance in fighting preeclampsia. Low cost devices as the hand-held blood pressure device or blood pressure tests are the only way out of this enigma. While these are not available right now in these backward areas, they can become standard medical procedure within a short time.

Dirt Cheap Neonatal Reusable Resuscitation Devices

So many newborn babies need help in breathing. If resuscitation materials are not there, they will most likely die. Finally, the problem has been solved. It took awhile to get the basics arranged for but at last, the issue has been resolved in an appropriate manner. Low cost reusable resuscitators have been designed.

The resuscitators can fit seamlessly on top of the mouth and nose of the baby and then be cleaned easily, according to BusinessInsider. Its parts are few and far between too which is indeed a good thing. Within a year’s time span, these devices could become common in all parts of the medical world.

Very Economical Antiseptics for Umbilical Cord Hygiene

Chlorhexidine is a low cost antiseptic. It has been around for many years but only recently has it been used to prevent umbilical cord infections from proliferating. Many babies born in villages and rustic surroundings lose their lives due these infections which are indeed a scourge.

Unhygienic conditions not to mention lack of dettol-like antiseptics put these kids at a risk of deadly diseases in these backward loci. Chlorhexidine as a liquid or gel can save many newly born babies from certain death due to infection. The rate of mortality will fall sharply thanks to this method. At 50 cents per dosage, it doesn’t get any better than this.

The Dengue Vaccination

Dengue is a big problem that seems to have resurfaced in recent years. The Aedes mosquito responsible for it manages to bite and infect some 400 million people annually. This is a lot of talent and precious human life that is put in jeopardy due to this dreadful disease. Among the symptoms of Dengue are extreme fever, earsplitting headaches, emetic effects and many times the disease has fatal consequences.

Over 40% of the population of the world is at high risk of contracting Dengue. This will only increase with time unless steps are taken to ameliorate the malady. WHO has taken the initiative and work on the first Dengue vaccine is underway. Innoculations have already begun in hot countries like Brazil and the Philippines. Were the Dengue vaccination to become commonplace, the disease rates would drop by half within the next half a decade or so.

Opioid Maintenance via Implants

Opioid addiction is an issue that refuses to go away. By missing a single time’s dose, one could cause withdrawal symptoms to be triggered. These symptoms are worrisome and not good to say the least. Thanks to the implants the patients can be kept on a maintenance dosage for up to half a year or even more time.

All that is needed is four pin-sized implants that deliver the opioid in small steady spurts in the bloodstream. Such a dosage causes the withdrawal symptoms to vanish into thin air. It is indeed the ideal solution to the problem.

An Anti-Carcinogen Virus

Scientists are savvy to the fact that many viruses attack cancer cells and kill them on the spot with alacrity and promptness. They actually trigger the immune system to produce antibodies and disease-fighting agents which cancel the cancer growth on its own grounds. The modification of the viruses has been going on for awhile in the scientific search for the perfect cancer killer.

A year ago, IMLYGIC became the first viral cancer drug to get the FDA’s approval. It was given the go-ahead signal by the medical establishment and health authorities for the treatment of melanoma. This modified herpes virus is directly injected into a tumor thereby triggering an immune response to the deadly cancerous cells. It is a complex process yet it is very effective and may end up saving innocent lives in the future times.

A Vanishing Heart Stent

Metal stents are small tubes that clear the debris from and heal clogged arteries. They are the stock-in-trade for heart surgery. However, these is one little glitch in the system. These metal stents remain inside the body and often the clogging restarts around them in the blood vessels, according to PopularScience.

Finally, a stent termed Absorb which is fully bioabsorbable has been constructed by the miracle workers of medical science. It performs the healing job of a stent and in the end it is absorbed into the body in a natural and smooth manner. The disolving of this stent is due to polylactide which is a biodegradable polymer often employed in sutures during surgical procedures.

A Less Invasive Thermometer

Thermometers come in all shapes and sizes. The sort that are put in the mouth or armpit are one kind. Then there is the strip that is pasted on the forehead and it tells the temperature. Domestic oral thermometers take at maximum three minutes to give a reading. Yet the latest tool is termed Thermo and it only takes a brief two seconds to tell you whether you have fever or not. Could it get any easier!

Over a dozen infrared sensors take over 4000 readings from the temporal artery without touching the epidermis at all. The really beautiful thing is that it is dirt cheap and costs only a dollar.

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