It is a great time to be alive. More deadly diseases have been eradicated, people are living longer, and more people are surviving from fatal injuries—all thanks to the constant advancements in the medical field.
As time progresses and as more great minds come together, an abundance of innovations in the health field are improving the prospects of a better quality of life for everyone. The following are three of 2015’s medical innovations:
Dengue Fever Vaccine
For a long time, the dengue virus tormented and took the lives of millions of people around the world. It only took one mosquito bite for a person’s fate to be sealed—an impending and horrible death.
According to Webmd.com, symptoms of the virus include high fever, severe headaches, severe joint and muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, and more. This year a vaccine for the virus has been developed, tested, and cleared for commercialization in the latter half of this year.
Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit
A stroke occurs when the blood flow to the brain is blocked, depriving brain cells of oxygen. Due to the lack of oxygen, the brain cells die off resulting in brain damage that manifests as a disability.
With every second that passes, millions of brain cells die. So in order to prevent further brain damage in stroke victims, high-tech ambulances came into existence. The faster the patients are treated, the better chances they have of surviving with minimal damage to the brain.
These ambulances are equipped with a paramedic, critical care nurse, EMT, CT technologist, and virtual neurologist. They diagnose the symptoms accurately and quickly so that they can administer tPA, a drug that attacks blood clots, as fast as they can.
New Way to Collect Blood
2015 holds good news for people who fear needles. As of now, there is a new, painless, more accurate blood testing method. Needles have been replaced with technology that uses only a drop of blood harvested from the capillaries at the end of a finger with no pain whatsoever.
The blood sample is put into a nanotainer, which only holds the amount equivalent to a raindrop. From this small sample, hundreds of different tests can be performed—from cholesterol check to genetic analysis. Better information will be provided accurately and quickly, allowing diseases to be caught early so that treatment can begin as soon as possible.