Medical advances that are changing lives

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Medical advances that are changing lives

Por: PDI Now!

The iWalk 2.0 is a hands-free crutch that helps with everyday tasks. It helps transfer the stress and strain of hands, wrists and underarms to your legs.

Bronchial Bronchial Thermoplasty System can help treat severe asthma attacks. A flexible tube is passed through the patient’s nose or mouth. An expandable electrode array emerges from the tip of the device.

Naked Prosthetics help give amputees motor function and protection. They are custom-developed for those with finger loss. They help amputees perform most tasks by mimicking natural finger motion.

This device removes large blood clots. It’s the MegaVac Mechanical Thrombectomy System by Capture Vascular. A wire is inserted through the blockage. It can deploy, expand, and pull back the blood clot.

This tube called Venti Gel instantly stops bleeding. The material is made from algae. It is made from small polymers that reassemble into a mesh to create a strong mechanical barrier and stop the bleeding.

The “Bridge-Enhanced” ACL repair may be the future of knee surgery. A protein sponge is inserted between the torn ligament filled with the patient’s blood. The damaged ends are then pulled together in the sponge.

Surgeons in New York completed the most complex facial transplant to date. Patrick Hardison, a former fireman got trapped inside of a home fire in Mississippi. It was a 26- hour surgery to replace his entire face.

These prosthetics are incredibly realistic. Dianceht makes custom prosthetic parts that are silicon-based and hand-painted. They are attached using suction or medical glue.

Craniotomy is a procedure that exposes the brain to remove tumors. This procedure allows surgeons to access the tumor through the skull.

XSTAT can plug a gunshot wound in under 20 seconds. This large syringe is loaded with tiny sponges that can quickly expand on contact with blood to tightly pack the wound.

The UK’s stem cell bank says men could soon be able to enlarge their penises by three inches. A combination of fat via liposuction, and healthy stem cells from a patient’s own body, can provide them with a longer penis.

ASL patients will be able ot comunicate with their thoughts.
Earlier this year, CNN reported on a new technology that could help decode the thoughts of those with functional brain activity in a completely paralysed body, brought on by a stroke, traumatic injury or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
The initial research was published in the journal PLOS Biology. While the research was only in the beginning stages at the time, it holds great promise for 2018.

An artificial pancreas for diabetics
Diabetes is caused by the insufficient production of insulin by the pancreas. It was reported in May 2017 that the first artificial pancreas systems were beginning to infiltrate the market to help diabetics regulate their insulin levels.
As of December 2017, these are still not widely distributed, but we can expect artificial pancreas systems to become more prominent in 2018 and further.

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