Breakthrough Innovations in Medical Technology

There are so many new and innovative technological inventions coming through in the medical field today. If you’re looking closely enough, you can find these innovations and what they’re doing in the medical field.

If you don’t have the time or energy to do your own research, don’t worry! We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite and most impactful breakthrough innovations in medical technology.

Electronic Aspirin

This is one of the biggest things on the internet today. If you search medical technology in any realm, you’re almost guaranteed to find an article on electronic aspirin. This is something no one ever saw coming: an implant that can detect when a headache is coming on and fix it before the problem even starts.

If you suffer from chronic migraines or headaches, it is because of damage to your sphenopalatine ganglion. This can be solved with sending electric waves or signals to your nerves to tell them when you’re going to be in pain.

Nutrigenomics

This is a novel field. Nutrigenomics combines genetics and nutrition for analyzing DNA sequences. After analyzing DNA sequences, the doctors can determine for individuals the right foods to live long and the foods that can hinder life length.

There is a California based startup that is said to be doing this already, choosing meals for its customers. To learn more, look for Habit.

Immunotherapy

If you or someone you love has been affected by cancer, you know how hard chemo can be on the body. Luckily, there are doctors who are working to lesson that pain and get rid of the struggle that it puts patients and their families through.

Throughout time, doctors have been working hard on immunotherapy, or biological therapy, in which the body’s own immune system works to fight cancer. This has existed for some time, but up until recently there were only a few cancer tumors this could benefit. Now that it has been in the works for a while, doctors have started to expand to treatment with joint therapy and engineered T-cells.

3D Printing

This is usually something reserved for computer geeks and anime fans, but it can benefit the medical world too! Doctors are working with expert 3D printers to create ways to 3D print prosthetics as well as cranial/orthopedic implants, and customized airway stents for diseases narrowing the patients’ airways.

Virtual Reality in Education

More and more common in medical schools nowadays, you’ll see students working with tools while a VR headset is on and the class is watching and critiquing. Using technology, students are learning in a new and unique way to get their trade perfected. It is an immersive learning experience that encompasses all learning styles: visual, audio, and kinesthetic.

Conclusion

There are so many cool inventions happening in our medical field today. Taking a few minutes to look up your favorite sector of medicine alongside the word “technology” reaps hundreds of new and exciting technological advances being made that can be instrumental in the future of medicine.

How to Treat Stubborn Acne

Let me set the scene: you wake up one bright and blue morning, eat your breakfast, get dressed, and then walk to the mirror to brush your teeth. Gah! Acne covers your face, and all you can do is panic. I’ve been there. You’ve been there. We’ve all been there.

So what do you do now? You’re in this situation, you’re not sure how you got here or got out of it before, and your go-to acne wash isn’t anywhere to be found. Don’t panic! We have a few tips and tricks to give you on how to treat stubborn acne… fast!

Medications

If you’re up for a quick trip to the store, going to get a medication can help calm the acne the next day as well as sometimes soothe your skin so that you aren’t in pain. Some useful medications include: benzoyl peroxide, resorcinol, salicylic acid, sulfur, and spironolactone, some of which can even be bought without a prescription.

General Health

If you’re switching washes every few days, your skin might be acting up to tell you to cut it out. Changing your skin care is great every year or so, but if you’re doing it too much your skin can flare up and act out. Make sure to stick to a consistent routine.

Washing is another important step of your process. Make sure you’re washing your face twice a day, and you’re not scrubbing or using harsh chemical-ridden soaps. In addition, don’t use oily makeup, sunscreen, or hair products. Keep your hands, hair, and phone away from your face to prevent unwanted oils, and keep up on your showers so that your skin stays replenished and clean.

Washing

You should always be sure to keep your bedding, clothes, hats, etc. clean just in case your dead skin cells and oils are getting on them. This can cause your acne to act up. You should be washing your bedding once a week and your clothes and hats once after each wear to prevent acne spurts.

Dermatologist

If you have done all of the things above and are still struggling with your acne, you might have a type of acne or severe acne in which you want a dermatologist’s help. They can prescribe antibiotics, give advice, and even perform certain surgeries to remove acne and the scars they leave behind.

A lot of the time, your dermatologist will start you on an ointment or other similar medication that is easy on your skin but harsh on your acne. If that doesn’t work, he or she might switch you over to an antibiotic. If that doesn’t end up working, they will double up on both an ointment and an antibiotic so that your skin is getting twice the dosage of medication.

Conclusion

Don’t be embarrassed about acne- it happens to everyone! If anything, trust yourself and your knowledge of your own skin to make the best judgement for your health and well-being. You are the only one who has lived with your skin your whole life.

You should also be aware that we are not doctors, and therefore if you’re in pain you should seek medical help.

How to Stay Healthy on Halloween

Holidays are hard for everyone, especially those of us with kids or relatives we need to serve or be with. If you’re watching your weight, trying to stay on top of your health, or are simply looking for different ways to stay fit and active this Halloween, we have you covered! Below we list some of our favorite tips and tricks for how to stay healthy on Halloween. Check them out!

Eat Before you Eat Candy

This is just a good trick to follow year-round, but it can get especially difficult during the holiday season. Make sure that you have a healthy meal with veggies, fruit, protein, etc. before you stock up on sweets. If you have a high protein and high fiber meal before the treats come out, you are less likely to snack on high-sugar treats.

Keep Candy Hidden

Don’t leave your candy out in a jar this Halloween, no matter how cute it looks next to the jack-o-lanterns! You are more likely to eat candy if it is sitting out than you are if it is put away. The truth is- everyone snacks when they’re feeling bored but a lot of us are too lazy to actually get up and hunt for something, we just want whatever is convenient.

Hydration

If you’re feeling hungry, the first thing you should be reaching for is your water bottle! A lot of the time when we’re feeling snacky or hungry we are simply dehydrated. In addition, hydrating right after you eat a piece of candy will not only wash all the sugars off your teeth but also get rid of the taste in your mouth so that you aren’t craving candy immediately after eating a piece.

Don’t be a Zombie

This goes without saying for a lot of people but on Holidays we sometimes need a friendly reminder: adults need 6-9 hours of sleep every night and Halloween is no different. Make sure that you’re getting enough sleep.

On top of that, not being a zombie also includes sticking to your regular workout. Take time between family events and trick or treating to go for a walk, hit the local gym, or do a small workout at home.

Stay Safe

Last but not least, you should always be sure you and the people around you are safe this Halloween. Don’t drink and drive, wear reflectors if you’re trick or treating in the dark, and always walk in groups.

Make sure you keep kids away from cars. If you’re in a car, watch for kids. Parties are great to have but make sure that no one is put into any danger doing anything crazy.

Conclusion

Everyone knows it- Halloween is so much fun! Staying healthy doesn’t have to ruin the fun of the holiday, but needing to keep up with regular things in your life is important. Remember to be safe, eat right, and keep up on your regular bodily routines this holiday season. Also, have a spook-tacular time!