Five Incredible Ways Science Just Made Your Life Better
Much of this is just a few short years away.
Technology advances every day. Sometimes dramatically so. Right now we're like The Jetsons, frankly.
From wearable technology that measures nutrient intake, to major advancements in the way doctors diagnose and treat disease, technology is changing the future of healthcare forever. And in doing so -- our lives.
Scroll down to find out exactly what's going down in the world of medical breakthroughs and learn just how they will change, hopefully improve, everything.
Hair-raising drug side effects
Hair loss is an unfortunate affliction of many men -- and some women. But this could change, thanks to a drug being studied by researchers from the Centre for Dermatology Research at the University of Manchester.
The study found that Cyclosporine A -- used to prevent organ transplant rejection -- could induce hair growth by removing a process that leads to hair loss. However, it also caused severe side effects. So another drug, used to treat osteoporosis, was considered. While it's still early days, scientists say the drug halts the effects of a protein that suppresses hair growth within follicles, prolonging growth and preventing hair loss.
This new study is no-yoke
A University of Sydney study has revealed that eggs are definitely healthy and safe -- even for those with diabetes or heart problems. While eggs are an excellent source of protein and antioxidants, they also contain high levels of cholesterol -- traditionally making them a no for some. But the latest evidence indicates people don’t need to hold back from eating eggs if they consume them as part of a healthy diet.
The study followed a group of people with Type 2 diabetes who went on either a high-egg diet or a low-egg diet, which respectively comprised of 12 eggs per week or less than two eggs per week, for three months. The results showed that regardless of however were eaten, eggs had minimal effect on the levels of cholesterol in the blood of the participants.
Monitor salt intake in real time
Limiting how much salt you eat is important -- especially if you’re one of the six million Aussies with high blood pressure. And soon it will be easier, thanks to a device that will keep track of how much sodium is passing your lips. Developers of the prototype at the Georgia Institute of Technology say the flexible electronic sensor could be worn in a dental retainer for real-time monitoring that sends instant data to your phone via Bluetooth.
Break down the (cell) wall
Scientists at the Imperial College London have given hope to thousands of pancreatic cancer patients by developing a way to halt the disease in its tracks.
Initial studies revealed that a type of molecule triggers the growth and spread of pancreatic cancer -- prompting further research to see whether stopping production of these molecules will slow cancer growth, or make the cells easier to kill with chemotherapy.
This is fantastic news because pancreatic cancer cells are particularly difficult to kill due to their hard shell-like outer wall, which makes chemo less effective. Scientists hope this early-stage research will be able to stop the shell from forming.
Robots performing surgery
A world-first robot-assisted spinal surgery has been completed in the US. The groundbreaking surgery took two days to complete and involved surgeons working with robotic arms to remove a rare type of tumour from a patient's spine.
In a statement released by the University of Pennsylvania's Medicine department, scientists revealed that without the help of these robotics to ensure a clear pathway, there was a serious risk of damaging important functions such as fine motor skills if any remaining tumour was left behind.
Feature image: ABC.