The advances in healthcare and healthtech in particular have been remarkable. The innovations and inventions below, offer the solution or the pathway for solving some extremely large challenges and needs for detection, cure and management.
1. Have you Taken your Medicine?
Taking medicines in the right dosage and a timely manner, can make a huge difference. One of the largest challenges for the medical community has been in determining both of these in the care of their patients. Abilify MyCite (Otsuka America Pharmaceutical & Proteus Digital Health), has embedded sensors within its tablets, which generate an electrical signal when swallowed. A skin patch picks up the signal and notifies a mobile app.
Proteus Digital Health, plans to extend this technology to other medicines as well.
2. Monitoring your Heart - On the Go
Abbott’s Confirm Rx, is a heart monitor inserted under the skin, monitors the heart's activity and constantly transmits the information via bluetooth into a mobile app. It is of course the world's first bluetooth enabled heart monitoring device. The applications and benefits are phenomenal.
3. The Fight Against AIDS
There are a few medications out there to combat AIDS, but Biktarvy, the once-daily pill contains three drugs that address the virus in different ways, but more effectively than the individual drugs could. One new ingredient is Bictegravir appearts to be at least as effective as other anti-HIV retro virals with fewer side effects. It blocks one of the HIV proteins that plays a key role in spreading the virus
4. Fix that Migraine!
12% of the global population suffers from Migraine! And, surprisingly there hasnt been a medication to solve it, till this one came along. Yes, the drugs being consumed till now have been for other ailments - high blood pressure, depression etc, and cause side effects.
Aimovig is the first medication to prevent migraines. The medicine blocks a neurotransmitter called the calcitonin gene related peptide (CGRP), which stimulates brain cells active in migraines.It can reduce migraines by upto 50% if taken on a monthly basis.
5. Data on your Skin!
A research team from the University of Tokyo unveiled a semiconductor technology that reads the body's vital signs, and displays them on a thin plastic material placed over your skin.
Source: 2018 Takao Someya Research Group/EurekAlert
6. Boost your Memory by 15%
A new "pacemaker" for the human brain - brain implants can boost the brain's memory by upto 15%. It is targeted at patients with epilepsy, Parkinson and Alzheimers.
7. Pills for the Males
Male Birth Control: New Studies Show Promising ResultsNew studies on a proposed male contraceptive pill have shown promising results, which were presented before the Endocrine Society in Chicago earlier this year. Research from the Washington School of Medicine stated that the pill reduced testosterone production and halted sperm production.Unlike previous experiments in male production, this pill - known as DMAU - would only have to be taken once a day, and can lower testosterone levels to that of a prepubescent male. This research marks the beginning of a longer-term study before the pill can be considered viable for the market.
8. Needle-free Injections!
This is by far, my favourite in this list. Portal Instruments, a start-up operating out of MIT, has developed an injection that requires no needles. It ejects a high-pressure stream of the medication into the skin, reaching the bloodstream without the aid of a needle. The doses are delivered at Mach 0.7 speeds.
9. Tooth Decor
Well, not really tooth decoration, but a team from Tufts University School of Engineering has developed a sensor worn on your tooth. It monitors your intake of sodium, glucose and alcohol and wirelessly transmits the data.
Source: SilkLab, Tufts University
If you suffer from gas, then this is what you've been really waiting for. This ingestible device, developed by researchers from Australia's RMIT University, measures the gases in your intestines, diagnosing gastrointestinal tissues, which wasn't possible earlier.
Source: Peter Clarke/RMIT University