Medical Technology

Colin Ellis, Section Reporter

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As phones and computers advance, so does more valuable technology like the machines that save lives. One example is cancer nanotherapy, which is fulfilling science’s need for more precise and accurate treatments that are more cost effective, and that translate into better patient outcomes. Medical nanodevices are already in widespread use. They are typically made of inorganic materials such as gold or silver ranging in size from 1 to 100 mm, which in case people did not know, is pretty small. These are being used to cure cancer by releasing these nanobots into the bloodstream where they will go hunt out the the damaged cells and then release a drug, while leaving all the healthy ones intact.

Some more advancements in medical research are “brain-limb connections.” Yes, everyone heard me right; there is such a thing that can hook up the brain to a robotic limb. This is an amazing thing for people who are missing limbs, because now there is a possibility that they can get them back again. This works by implanting a computer chip of some sort that connects to the arm, so when the patient thinks about moving the arm, it moves. That’s also kinda the bad side. The patient has to think of moving each part. Now it could be argued that we do that already, but what I would have to say to that is yes, we do think about it, but it’s more natural. People really don’t think about it that much. We just think about the task were doing, and our limbs automatically perform the task.

Some of these invention can really help people, and for many it’s giving them something much more…hope.