As medical technology continues to advance, there are numerous treatment options that are both novel and extremely effective. For example, it has just been announced that an experimental vaccine against the Ebola virus has likely saved the lives of the doctors that were infected during the treatment of patients. Of course, this is but one example of the progress that has been made. What other advancements have occurred?
Thanks to a revolution in the understanding of the human body, companies such as Biolamina are now able to manufacture stems cells to treat a variety of diseases. As these cells can be cultured artificially and they are not likely to become rejected by the host, this method represents an unprecedented breakthrough in the treatment of numerous ailments.
Nanotechnology represents the use of molecular “machines” to treat an illness. One of the primary benefits is that such an option is much more effective at targeting the discrete cells of a disease (as opposed to a whole-body approach such as in chemotherapy). Also, such procedures are not considered to be nearly as invasive. Thus, the patient can expect a faster recovery and the treatment of the disease is much more effective. Of course, this field is still in its infancy and the majority of these options are not yet available to the general public.
As our knowledge of pharmacology increases, the number of traditional treatment options has grown. This is due in no small part to years of longitudinal research combined with cutting-edge technologies within the medical field. Perhaps the greatest benefit here is that as opposed to experimental treatments, these methods are generally available the the public.
Each year, hundreds of new medicines are released into the open market. This has helped to save countless lives and it is thought that many deadly diseases may be eradicated over time with such advancements.