Healthcare is constantly evolving and changing. There have been many recent technological and social developments that have made medicine and the healthcare industry kinder than ever before!
In this guide, we will explore five of the kindest healthcare developments that are changing medicine for the better.
#1. Healthcare Trackers
An important aspect of healthcare is prevention, such as eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and avoiding health risks like alcohol, tobacco, and other substances. Leading a healthy lifestyle keeps the immune system strong and helps people to avoid illness or to fight it off more effectively if they become ill.
Healthcare trackers, such as smartwatches and mobile phone apps, have become very popular in recent years. This technology makes it even easier to keep track of our overall health and can empower us to take our health into our own hands! The data provided by healthcare apps and devices can also be shared with physicians, enabling a complete overview of important changes in patients’ health.
#2. Stem Cell Therapy
This kinder treatment is getting more advanced and effective by the day. Stem cell therapy is a type of regenerative treatment and works by using injections of stem cells into the body. Stem cells are cells that can develop into whichever type of cell is needed in that area.
Physical injuries that once would have required invasive surgery to treat can now be healed with stem cell therapy. For example, if you fall and damage your rotator cuff (the muscles and tendons in the shoulder), stem cell therapy can be an effective alternative to shoulder surgery.
#3. Medical Marijuana
While marijuana has traditionally been most well-known as an illicit recreational drug, the plant is increasingly being found to have medicinal uses. CBD, which is one of the main components in marijuana, is being used increasingly as a painkiller, an appetite stimulant, and an anti-anxiety treatment. In many cases, medical marijuana is replacing drugs such as opioids, which have a high potential for addiction and much more serious side-effects.
Medical marijuana is now legal in 33 US states, with the isolated CBD compound legal in another 14 states.
#4. Artificial Organs
With rapid developments being made in 3D printing technology, artificial organs have become more advanced and more widely used. Organs such as blood vessels, the pancreas, and synthetic ovaries have been created by scientists and used to replace failing natural organs in patients.
Until now, millions of patients have depended on transplants from organ donors. The development of artificial organs not only means that more people have access to lifesaving treatments, but also that the need for invasive surgery on organ donors is reduced.
#5. Virtual Reality
Virtual Reality, or VR, is a technological advancement that has changed various industries, and healthcare is no exception. VR has been found to be even more effective in training surgeons than traditional methods.
VR technology has also been found effective for pain management. For example, the use of VR headsets to help women through labor pain is showing promise, and VR has also been used effectively to distract patients from post-surgery pain and anxiety. This certainly seems a great alternative to simply prescribing addictive and dangerous painkillers!
Advances in technology are constantly providing us with kinder alternatives to traditional medicinal procedures, and this trend doesn’t show signs of stopping.