Dec 19, 2017

The Future Of Health Treatments

Many people believe that we are already living in the future because of all the new tech that has been incorporated into our lives over the past few years. For instance, just look at all the smart tech that we now have in our homes - it is now possible to buy a fridge or a coffee machine that can be connected to the internet. This would have been something only seen in sci-fi movies just five years ago!

It certainly seems like technology is moving very fast. And this can only be a good thing, especially in one part of life - health and medicines. Thanks to lots of new tech advances and developments, the health and pharmaceutical industries are benefiting greatly. Want to know where all of this new tech could take us? Here are some of the forecasts that many experts believe will quickly take over the world of health treatments.


Remote Consultations Become Possible

Video calls are now becoming a normal way to communicate with our friends and family. For instance, I’m sure you’ve used apps like FaceTime and Skype quite a few times over the past few years to get in touch with your nearest and dearest. Well, pretty soon it looks like remote consultations with doctors and health professionals will be the new norm thanks to developments in video tech. So, rather than have to go to your nearest doctor’s practice to find out the reason for your symptoms, you will simply be able to give your doc a quick call and he or she will be able to consult you via a video call. It is believed that this will help more people catch dangerous health conditions and diseases in their early stages.



Xenografts Help With Cancer Treatments

Have you ever heard of xenografts? You might not have done as this technology is still in its relative infancy, but it is still greatly improving treatments for cancer patients. Basically ut, xenografts are transplants that are taken from another species. They are now being used for a wide variety of cancers, especially in prostate cancer treatments. When it comes to using them in prostate cancer patients, doctors have been taking the prostates from healthy rats and placing them in human patients. The results have been remarkable, and the future of this new cancer treatment is very bright indeed.


Gene Therapy Will Help Prevent Diseases

Gene therapy has been around for a few years already now, but it looks like it is about to come into the mainstream of many disease treatments. Not only that, though, but scientists have just discovered how it can be used to prevent diseases. In actual fact, it looks like the trend in gene therapy is to now use it to prevent disease in the first place rather than waiting to use this type of therapy to cure it. This is the case for hemophilia. Once not so long ago, gene therapy was one of the best cures for hemophilia but it is now increasingly being used in those patients who at a high risk of contracting the disease so that they don’t get it in the first place.


AI Helps Improve Treatments

Don’t worry that gene therapy is moving away from treatments to the preventive side of medicine - AI looks like it might be stepping into its shoes. Thanks to advancements in artificial intelligence, we are now able to use it more widely and many health professionals are singing its praises in many treatments. One way that AI is really making things easier for doctors is that it can make a patient’s health records accessible at the touch of a button. Now that most paperwork has been digitized, doctors don’t need to spend ages looking for the right records. They just need to enter what they want into the system, and the AI will pick them out the correct document. Many health experts believe that AI will become so clever and sophisticated that it will be able to customize treatment programs and plans for patients. All a doctor will have to do is enter a patient’s symptoms into the system, press a button, and then the machine will do all the thinking. Of course, a doctor will review the planned program to ensure it is exactly what the patient needs, but this will still save the doctor a lot of time.


Robots Will Also Help With Treatments As Well

It’s not just AI that will move into mainstream treatments. It looks like robots are set to join the mainstream as well. And this is something that every health professional is very excited about. It is believed that robots will soon be advanced enough to perform intricate surgeries. This will be much better than using a human surgeon as it will completely eliminate the risk of human error. It is also thought that, as long as robotic technology can be effectively combined with AI, then robots might soon be able to treat and consult patients on their own without any human supervision. But, of course, that could be a long way off just yet!


Genetic Profiling Fine-Tunes Treatments

Now that we know all about genetic profiling, it is believed that this will be used to help fine-tune treatments for each individual in the future. Right now, patients are treated according to what illness they are suffering from. However, if doctors develop genetic profiling even further, treatments will be created bespoke for the patient so that all of their genes are taken into account. It is thought that this will help cure diseases without any of the awful side effects that sometimes come with specific treatments and medications, such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy.


So, it looks like things could be good for health in the future. Treatments and diagnostics will be greatly improved, and it’s all thanks to the fantastic tech developments that are continually taking place. Hopefully, we will be able to lead much longer and healthier lives over the years to come!