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The Robots In Medicine

It is true that humans are gaining longer life expectancies. Not many of us are privileged now and days to suffer from small pox or measles. We have access to OTC(over-the-counter) drugs to self medicate. There are medical experts that can provide the appropriate treatment for whatever illness we may have. Heck, we have medical centers, built to prolong our human lives. But what is becoming more prevalent and changing how we are treated, are the devices in medicines. There are now hospitals with an army of autonomous beings delivering medicine and taking out the trash. There is even a device that can clean blood, practically on the spot. It is a pretty amazing century we are living in right now.

UCSF Medical Center

A fortunate hospital is located near Silicon Valley, has upped its game when it comes to in-house treatment. The University of California, San Francisco(UCSF) Medical Center carries autonomous medical bots, in  charge of delivering medicine, food, and disposing biohazard waste. The Aethon “Tug” robots free medical experts hands, to allow them to focus more on caring for their patients instead of running across halls delivering medicine or lugging around soiled sheets. Inevitably, reducing employee injuries and increasing efficiency for the hospital. The center also has it’s own IT experts to continue optimizing the function of the medical bots. On top of the nifty gadgets, they hospital also provides patients with tablets to order food, buzz nurse, and have face-time with their family. Pretty cool. Soon enough, you find a upgraded hospital near you.

The Watchman

On top of hospitals implementing tech, researchers are implementing devices in humans, to prevent certain illnesses. A Boston Scientific device, called the watchman, was created to prevent blood clots from traveling from the heart to the brain, causing a stroke. The tiny device, “is inserted via a catheter pushed through a vein in the leg.” When it reaches the heart, the doctors lock the Watchman in place, blocking the left atrial appendage. Heart tissue grows over it within a few weeks, making a barrier to prevent blood clot formation. Now, patients with high risk of stroke, will soon have another option of prevention.

The Augmentative and Alternate Communication

For anyone who’s speech was crippled by stroke, or another unfortunate event, a device “developed by academics from Loughborough University” can translate breathing into speech. The Augmentative and Alternate Communication apparatus uses breathing patterns as input and a computerized voice synthesizer as the output. Thought there are other devices out that performance the same task, this has been the most efficient. With a 97.5 per cent success rate in recognizing words and phrases and greater speed, the AAC apparatus provides a more streamlined way of communication.

Liver-on-chip

When it comes to ensuring certain chemicals(medicine and cosmetics) are safe for humans to use, pigs and rats may not always be the best subject. Animal trails cannot always predict how humans will react to certain drugs. Which is why “scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Franhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology in Germany partnered to create liver-on-chip.” These replicated tissues can provide better analysis for how humans will react to certain chemical compounds. Another added benefit is researchers can implement Nano-tech sensors within in liver-one-chip to detect the tiny changes in the cells. Thus,, providing more precise and insightful data. “Companies like L’Oréal and Estee Lauder” are investing in liver-on-chip since animal-trails are deemed, inconclusive data.

Final Thoughts

Did I say I’m grateful to live in the age I’m in now? Well I am. These advancements are gradually changing the way humans are treating each other. Maybe one day, autonomous beings will be doing the diagnosing, prescribing, treating, testing, and cleaning. Heck, humans may even find a way to create nanotech, that co-exists with our cells. Soon enough, become cyborgs and immortals. Well, no worries, may not even happen in our lifetime.

As always, from Around Your Screen

P.S. Here’s a cool article to read: 4 Ways Sci-fi Tech Is Already Revolutionizing Medicine

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