by Whitney Webb, True Activist:
Though this year was complicated in so many ways, several medical breakthroughs took place which give hope to the millions of people who suffer from deadly diseases and debilitating conditions.
2016 may not be remembered favorably by some, but it certainly was a great year for major advances in medicine and wellness. Numerous breakthroughs promise to eradicate some diseases entirely as well as make expensive and invasive procedures a thing of the past. Other advances offer the possibility to detect deadly diseases decades before they show symptoms. Though the next few years may be rocky for more than a few reasons, at least those suffering from a debilitating condition or serious illness have more hope for a cure or affordable treatment than in years prior.
1. Experimental Stem Cell Treatment Reverses Advanced Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis
British scientists were able to reverse the effects of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 20 different patients using a medical treatment normally intended for those who are battling cancer. Patients were subjechematopoieticpoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT), a treatment where patients are given bone marrow transplants using their own stem cells. MS is an autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to attack the linings of nerve cells. This procedure essentially allows the immune system to “reboot.” The trial showed remarkable results, with many previously-paralyzed patients regaining the ability to walk and move again.
2. Google Cardboard Used to Save Baby’s Life
Doctors at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, Florida were able to use a $20 cardboard accessory from Google to save the life of a newborn baby. Teegan Lexcen was born with one lung and only half a heart, causing doctors to initially tell the family that Teegan would not live long and that surgery was impossible. However, a group of doctors resourcefully decided to load images from MRI scans into an iPhone app called Sketchfab which, combined with Google Cardboard, allows images to be seen in 3D from all angles. This virtual reality accessory allowed doctors to devise a strategy to successfully operate on Teegan and, ultimately, save her life.
3. New Test Identifies Likelihood of Cardiac Arrest Months in Advanced
A group of scientists in Portland, Oregon have identified early warning symptoms for those likely to experience sudden cardiac arrest, a severe type of heart attack. Chest pain, shortness of breath, fainting, heart palpitations, flu-like symptoms, and nausea were all found in the cases of 1,100 cases included in the study. The study’s findings could save thousands of lives as those who suffer from sudden cardiac arrest have a 6% survival rate if they never sought help for any symptoms developed prior to the condition’s onset.
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