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Best Medical Inventions of the 1990s

Updated on April 27, 2017
The vaccine for Lyme disease was a major medical breakthrough. Because of this vaccine, millions of lives have been spared the agony.
The vaccine for Lyme disease was a major medical breakthrough. Because of this vaccine, millions of lives have been spared the agony. | Source

Healthy Inventions

The 1990s brought us many amazing medical inventions advancements, but the ones in this list stand out above the rest. If you think I've missed any incredible medical technologies from this decade, please feel free to tell me in the comments section below this article. Doctors and scientists alike deserve respect for all they have done in their respective professions.

1. Hepatitis C Vaccine (1992)

Hepatitis C is contracted by sharing drug needles or through poorly sterilized medical equipment. The vaccine is given in the muscle, or intramuscularly (IM). This vaccine is special because it provides indefinite protection against the infection. This disease is usually only symptomatic, but the more serious the disease the more potential damage can be done to vital organs, such as the liver. Always go to a doctor if you ever have any health concerns, sooner rather than later. Nobody can deny the importance of getting this disease under control in an ever growing world.

2. Lyme Disease Vaccine (1998)

Lyme disease is caused by tick bites. You can become very sick with Lyme disease. If you suspect that you have been bitten by a tick, you should see a doctor to have the suspicious area checked. The vaccine helps to treat and cure Lyme disease in humans and animals, especially dogs. The strength on the antibiotics depends on the stage of the Lyme disease.

The protease inhibitor is treat HIV.
The protease inhibitor is treat HIV. | Source

3. Protease Inhibitor (1994)

This is a type of antiviral drug that treats HIV and Hepatitis C. This has helped ease suffering for AIDS patients, and help Hepatitis C patients as well. In short, this invention is very important because, it leads to research and development for more cures. This advancement is special because it has paved the way for other inventions in this particular field.

In 1996, Dolly was the first mammal to be successfully cloned.
In 1996, Dolly was the first mammal to be successfully cloned. | Source

4. First Mammal Cloned (1996)

The first mammal cloned was a sheep named Dolly. She was born July 5, 1996, and lived to be six years. She died February 14, 2003. I personally don't like the idea of cloning. It makes me wonder what the people who were involved in the cloning of the sheep, if they think they are so powerful and untouchable that they felt like God. I personally wouldn't want to be in their position. I would be very afraid.

5. Smart Pill (1992)

This pill consists of a tiny camera that is swallowed during the GI procedure. They then wear a receiver on their hip. This allows the capsule to transmit data back to the doctor who will then review the results from the test and give the patient a plan of care.

6. Viagra (1998)

Viagra came out to help men with their erectile dysfunction. The pill was made to increase blood flow during intercourse. The pill has become very popular amongst the older gentlemen. The commercials that came out tried to encourage the men to talk to their doctors about this problem.

Medical Advancements

7. Human Genome Project (1990)

HGP is a project, dealing with DNA that determines physical genes. The idea of this treatment is to identify genes that cause diseases. With this information, scientists will be able to come up with better remedies and cures for the future.

Radiosurgery is used for tumor and epilepsy treatment. It has helped detect, prevent, and treat diseases.
Radiosurgery is used for tumor and epilepsy treatment. It has helped detect, prevent, and treat diseases. | Source

8. Radiosurgery (1994)

This procedure is used for treating Epilepsy, and also malignant and benign tumors. This was an advancement in medicine because, it helps save lives in people that have cancerous tumors.

Medical Discoveries

9. Intravenous Catheter Shield (1993)

A catheter is a medical device that is inserted into the body, for medical procedures and treatment of diseases. Catheters are inserted into the body (males as well as female) through small flexible tubing. Catheters are used when the body can't rid itself of the urine being produced and if the body can't rid itself of urine, it can cause infection.

10. Brachytherapy Remote Afterloader (1993)

This type of radio therapy is used to treat four types of skin cancers which are, skin, prostate, cervical and breast cancer. A radiation source is placed near the area needing treatment. This is a radiation light that is used to kill the cancer cells.

The Future of Medicine

Each passing year brings many exciting medical discoveries. As scientists continue their research, we can hope one day to conquer the diseases that plague humankind.

Which is The Best?

In your opinion, which is the best medical advancement of the 1990s?

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      JP Carlos 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      These are great developments in the field of medicine. I can't wait what's in store for the next decades to come.

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      Bake Like a Pro 4 years ago

      Great article leslie. I am waiting for the day when I can walk into a store and buy body parts. Pinned and sharing.

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      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 4 years ago from Philippine

      Great article indeed.Lot of lives was save by those inventions

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      Cathy 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      Leslie, nice list. Thank you. It's simply amazing to witness the advancement of medicine as well as technology.

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      iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

      Like you, I don't like cloning... but it's amazing by just that fact that they can create another being of the same kind, which was unthinkable then.

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      Sarah 2 years ago

      This is a great article but you have an error. There is no vaccine for Hep C to prevent it, only A and B. Blood tests to test for Hep C became available in 1992, no vaccine.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 2 years ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Very interesting stuff here! For the section on Hepatitis C, do you mean Hepatitis B? As Sarah says, currently there is not, and in the past there has been no vaccine to protect against Hepatitis C.

      They are developing new and aggressive treatments against the disease, however.

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      DERP 19 months ago

      For the Lyme Disease vaccine, it was only available for 2 years and never got out of clinical trials. One can not go and get a vaccine for it.

      P.S. - it was only 78% effective.

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