2022 was a year of great innovation and progress – and the medical field was no exception. Here are 10 amazing breakthroughs in medicine that are going to continue helping progress in 2023.
ORGAN FOR TRANSPLANTS COULD LAST FOR LONGER.
Scientists developed OrganEx, which pumps a mixture of blood and other substances around the body, helping to keep organs from deteriorating. It’s thought this could have a lot of different applications in science and medicine but, most notably, it would enable organs donated for transplant to last far longer outside the body, helping to save more lives.
BREAST CANCER VACCINE FOUND.
Scientists have published the results of a 20 year study where they tested the the first phase of human trials for a plasmid DNA-based vaccine.
Not only have they found the vaccine to be totally safe, but it’s also very effective in preventing the growth of human epidermal growth receptor 2 (HER2) tumour cells – which are responsible for causing one of the most fast-acting and aggressive types of breast cancer.
CONTACT LENSES THAT RELEASE DRUGS.
You can now get your antihistimines released directly into your eyes – if you’re into that sort of thing. These contact lenses, made by Johnson & Johnson release ketotifen, an antihistamine, slowly throughout the day to help combat the itchy and dry eyes that come with seasonal allergies.
It’s hoped that one day they will be able to treat more serious illnesses, like cataracts, this way.
BIONIC EXOSKELETON FOR CHILDREN.
Marsi Bionics, a Spanish tech company, created the first ever exoskeleton for children. Named ATLAS 2030, the exoskeleton offers full bodily support from feet to torso, as well as an optional head restraint.
This is a great win for kids who struggle to, or cannot walk – whatever the reason might be.
SCIENTISTS TREATED A DISEASE IN THE WOMB.
Scientists were able to treat Ayla when she was still in her mother’s womb. Ayla was diagnosed with Pompe disease, before she was born, and scientists were able to treat her in-utero – something that has never been done before with this illness.
Thanks to this study, scientists could help change the lives of children and parents around the world.
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