The Hottest Experimental Medical Treatments That You Absolutely Need to Know About
An artificial pancreas to treat diabetes. The world’s first human head transplant. Paralyzed patients communicating only using their thoughts. These are just a few of the exciting medical advancements and breakthroughs that we are currently witnessing around the world. But if you are not suffering from one of these ill-fated conditions, you may not be that invested in their progress… Instead, we’ve rounded up some of the most innovative and relevant medical treatments that will appeal to your discerning, health-conscious self.
3D Drug Printing
Since 2011, 3D printing has made its way into everyday life, but you may not know that it’s actually been around since 1983 and has been used in the healthcare industry for the last 15 years! Up until now, has been used to create better and more realistic dental implants and highly functional prosthetics, but here’s where it gets exciting.
In 2015, the FDA approved the first (and currently, only) 3D printed drug; the anti-epileptic Spritam. Its unique structure could not be achieved through traditional manufacturing as it makes use of a layered, highly porous configuration that allows liquids to be quickly absorbed and form a suspension. This breakthrough has not only started a revolution in the drug industry, but it’s also opening the doors for more cost-effective and personalized approach to medicine.
After the approval of Spritam, multiple other pharmaceutical companies have begun experimenting with the potentials of 3D pill printing to create more complex drug profiles and give patients the opportunity to create unique dosage forms. This means that you could soon be able to craft your own tablet to treat a variety of nutritional deficiencies and health concerns in optimal dosage. What a time to be alive!
Young Blood Transfusions
According to some recent scientific studies, young blood may hold the secret to the elusive “fountain of youth”. Researchers at Stanford University used blood transfusions from young mice to older mice, which seemed to invigorate and rejuvenate them using parabiosis. Tissue regeneration, wound healing, and reduced inflammation were all noted “side effects”, making the dream of eternal youth a real possibility.
In addition to these anti-aging and cosmetic benefits, young blood transfusions have also shown remarkable effects on cognitive, neurological, and cardiovascular degeneration. While these types of treatment are still in their infancy and somewhat controversial, further research and refinement could see young blood transfusions become a core component of age-related disease prevention and treatment.
Genome Editing (aka CRISPR)
This group of technologies gives scientists the ability to change an organism’s DNA to prevent and cure diseases. This is particularly notable because its taking stem cell therapy to the next level by “editing” embryos to avoid genetic diseases such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a dominant mutation that is a leading cause of sudden death in young athletes.
Significant potential of CRISPR-Cas9 has been demonstrated in China by creating HIV-resistant embryos, and the UK and Sweden are also making waves with their own scientific research. However, some are concerned with ethics and moral responsibilities associated with changing the genes of our future children. The use of genome editing in embryos for assisted reproduction in humans is currently prohibited by UK law, but it is permitted in some research.
Regardless of your personal or religious affiliations, there is still huge ambiguity on what gene editing may be able to achieve and what it may be allowed to achieve, but the fact that science can attain this incredible feat is truly astounding and we cannot wait to see what other treatments these studies may result in.
Before you get completely grossed out, hear us out: your bowel not only absorbs important nutrients and detoxes waste products, but it also directly impacts your hormones, immune system, and your mental health. While the idea of having someone else’s fecal matter inserted into your body might make you feel squeamish, many health advocates swear by the benefits, especially for liver encephalopathy, clostridium difficile, and Crohn’s disease.
Studies have shown that the benefits of a fecal transplant actually come from the transfer of good bacteria. The donor poop is able to create a healthy gut microbiome in the diseased patient and promote healing, which is pretty astounding. But this also poses a unique challenge for the FDA, as poop has been traditionally classified as a source of disease rather than a healing aid. Currently, the U.S. only permits the therapeutic use of human waste through fecal transplants for the treatment of C. Diff, but there are countless opportunities and global trials taking place all the time.
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