Technological shifts have transformed the way NHS operates. There have been a number of gadgets that provide medical treatment which would ease the workload on staff and prevent illness.
There have been several clinical trials and some would break out of research labs very soon. The well-being of an individual is now monitored by the smartphones. Several apps have been developed to help people quit smoking, drinking, eat healthily and exercise regularly. All these have been initiated to improve the nation’s physical health.
To boost mental health, the app like Ginger.io connects subscribers to personal coaches who will consult them and provide an emotional support.
Even there are apps to combat panic attacks, stress and anxiety. An app named Brush DJ plays music for two minutes to ensure people clean their teeth for the right amount of time.
As there are different apps available around us, the biggest challenge is choosing the right one. To help out, the NHS has set up an online library of apps.
Smart Pills with tiny sensor is a major technological shifts
Technology is not limited to apps and smartphones. There has been a huge leap in the field of medication. In order to keep a track of medication and avoid overdoses, a pill is given a technological makeover. The smart pill which has been approved by the US regulator has a tiny sensor embedded in it. The pill which on contact with stomach fluid will send a message to a wearable patch that transmits the information to the patient’s smartphone.
The gadget-filled pills in underway and it will observe the vital signs of heart and breathing rates as it passes through the body.
In order to track through the digestive tract and look for disease and other abnormalities, a similar technology was developed. A miniature camera which can be swallowed, that will provide an image.
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Artificial Wombs has played an important role in the technological shifts
There has been a significant number of premature babies in the past two decades in NHS hospitals who are born about 23 weeks. These premature babies will experience serious and long-lasting medical problems.
In order to solve this problem, an artificial womb has been developed. In a pre-clinical study, the potential of the technology was demonstrated in which a lamb was born at the equivalent of 23 weeks. The lamb was incubated for four weeks in a “bio bag”.
They received nutrition and oxygen through the link to the womb-like vessel by their umbilical cord. A bald fetus was transformed into a complete fluffy newborn. On a variety of health tests, the newborns performed normally. The doctors who developed the technology believe it could be ready for human clinical trials in the next five years.
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Regenerative medicine is a great leap in the medical treatment
In 1998 the human embryonic stem cells were first cultured to provide limitless supplies of lab-grown cells to grow spare organs and body parts. This was indeed a difficult and controversial path to turn this endeavour into reality. But, with the regenerative medicine, it has made an impact.
Stem cell therapies provided by NHS for conditions like torn tendons, and for disorders such as leukaemia and lymphoma through bone marrow transplants. The researchers and scientists are working to see whether stem cells can regenerate cartilage, restore sight to blind people and even treat neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson disease.
The doctors at University College London, Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Royal Free hospital have indulged in one ambitious project. They have grown replacement food pipes for babies born without the organ. They have made tissues from stem cells taken from amniotic fluid and grown on a “scaffold” that moulds the cells into the right shape.
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