3 Amazing Medical Predictions for The Winter of 2018

For the last few years, the medical community has seen a slowdown in notable advancements. 2018, however, is proving to be just the opposite. We are seeing unprecedented progress in multiple areas of medical science. This could herald tremendous changes across the industry.

Perhaps it is occasioned by advances in information technology including AI, big data and deep learning. Either way, these are exciting times for medical professionals.

Here, we single out three top medical predictions for the winter of 2018. We pick those that have the greatest potential to transform medical care and the lives of people struggling with disease.

1. Medical Algorithms

With the rise of big data and artificial intelligence, we are seeing greater data processing capabilities becoming cheaper and more available to different industries.

In the medical field, we will see medical algorithms crunching patient data, including vital signs. They will then output critical intelligence reports that will make it easier and faster to intervene medically.

Think of a busy ER where patients die because doctors and nurses simply cannot catch every single issue that arises in each patient. With medical algorithms, they can receive critical information to intervene in a timely manner and save lives. What is even more incredible is that this advanced data can prevent substantial amounts of misdiagnosis and thus save even more lives.

Medicine is always advancing as scientists across the planet try to challenge the status quo. New media platforms such as MedTruth.com are also challenging the status quo by helping bring cutting edge information to the masses.

The merging of science and technology may be just the sort of synergy that has been needed to bring on a new dawn in medical science.

With other advancements such as neuromodulation to treat sleep apnea and the end of LDLs (bad cholesterol) in sight, the future does look bright indeed for humans.

2. Artificial Pancreas

Diabetes kills more people in the United States than AIDS and cancer combined. In 2017, it cost the US economy $266 billion to treat and manage diabetes at an average rate of $8,480 per person. With increasing cases of diabetes, this number will only go up. The artificial pancreas may just change all this.

The Bio-artificial pancreas (BAP) also known as the Hybrid Closed-Loop Insulin Delivery System, may mean the end of glucometers and insulin injections as separate tools. By closing the “open loop”, this innovative technology continuously monitors your blood sugar. It then releases insulin on a need-only basis, just the way a natural pancreas works.

The amazing thing about this prediction is that it will mean diabetes patients will no longer need to suffer from missed doses, poor measurements, and other human errors.

3. CRISPR Gene Editing

Imagine for a moment a day when it will be possible to edit-out dangerous genetic mutations from an embryo’s genetic material.

That means editing-out mutations that cause sickle cell anemia, Huntington’s disease, cystic fibrosis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, arthritis, obesity, etc.

That would be potentially a world without disease. What is more, these offspring with repaired genes would then never pass on the disease ever again.

That day may be nearer than you think. CRISPR/Cas9 is a gene editing technology that may just do this.

Preliminary tests successfully edited-out a gene mutation causing heart disease. Our prediction is that after human trials, we may see a new era where genetic diseases are prevented at source and one day become a relic of the past.