Modern Business with Kevin Harrington is keeping a finger on the pulse of healthcare. The show is featuring topics such as improving clinical trials through effective technology, breakthroughs in medicine today, nutritional advancements, developments in medical procedures, solutions for rising costs in healthcare, science and technology, and the future of telemedicine. Our studio research department is always looking for leaders in the industry.
Here are some breakthrough developments in medicine that warrant further awareness and education:
- The HIV Virus Was Removed in Animals
Scientists are finally closer to finding a permanent cure for HIV. According to a recently published study in Molecular Therapy, researchers at Temple University successfully removed the HIV-1 infection in mice through genetic modification.1 This strategy was up to 96% effective at removing the virus in mice, which were modified to have human immune cells.1
- A Breath Test for Lung Cancer
In the future, it’s possible we could do a simple breath test to determine a lung cancer diagnosis. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research in Bad Nauheim were able to correctly diagnose lung cancer through the presence of traces of RNA molecules altered by cancer growth in a breath test.2 This could change the way we approach cancer diagnosis and help save lives through early diagnosis.
- New Game Changing Drug for Treating ALS
The FDA approved a new drug for ALS for the first time in over 22 years. The new drug, Edaravone, may slow down the decline of function in ALS patients by around one-third.3 This is great news for those suffering from ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that can cause paralyzation and eventual death.
- Alzheimer’s Disease Linked to Low Levels of Memory Protein
New research on Alzheimer’s, a disease that affects over 5 million Americans, has linked the cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s to low levels of the protein NPTX2. 4 This discovery may lead to a better understanding of what causes Alzheimer’s and future research that could one day better treat individuals with the disease.
- A Real-Life Tricorder
Those familiar with the show Star Trek may remember a wearable medical device that would scan and diagnose the person wearing it instantly. Now that device is a reality. The device was developed by emergency room physician Basil Harris for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE competition and is still undergoing regulatory approval.5 It can monitor vital signs and diagnose pneumonia, sleep apnea, diabetes, a UTI, and 30 other conditions.5
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