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Robotics Revolutionizes Cures

Updated on May 7, 2018
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After 22 years as an RN, I now write about medical issues and new medical advances. Diet, exercise, and lifestyle are all important.

Human Genome Project - Genetics

The Human Genome Project, which was released to the public in 2000; it has perhaps made the biggest impact in advancing medicine, whether in diagnosis or treatment than any other single discovery in history. Certainly there is still illness, and consumer costs remains a problem, however, some diseases that were considered a death sentence now have a better chance of treatment. The two in particular that come to mind are HIV/AIDS and cancer.

The best of the new discoveries is the potential for treatment that is more affordable in the future for those that are uninsured or under insured. The US Census Bureau reports for 2016, report that 91.1 million residents are now insured. Changing Obamacare has affected these numbers between 2016-2017, along with some of the other health insurance changes. The focus of this article is the fantastic new advances in medical care.

Aids Virus

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AIDs Statistics

The third leading cause of death is HIV/AIDS, killing approximately 1.8 million people annually in poor countries. Clinical researchers from John Hopkins University and College London have discovered a way to use blood to combat this disease, rather than trying to kill the virus. When a person is infected by HIV, the body’s immune system provides a quick, but flawed defense to the virus.

The HIV takes the membrane from the cell that it infects. The researchers found they could remove a portion of the membrane to make it more permeable, which would let the body mount a stronger defense. While this is not yet a cure of HIV, this breakthrough will eventually reduce necessary resources to combat this disease, and it should also allow treatment of other similar types of similar diseases.

Ultrasound Picture

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Hand Size Ultrasound

Jeff Neasham and Research Associate Dave Graham at Newcastle University developed a hand held size ultrasound device (USB) that plugs into a computer and works the same way ultrasound scanner that is used to picture an unborn child. These medical units typically cost £20,000 to £100,000. This new scanner costs as little as £30-£40. Ultrasounds are done routinely on pregnant women in most civilized countries in the world.

The goal for this new scanner is to provide health care in third world impoverished countries. This same, affordable unit could save the lives of thousands of women and babies around the world. Currently the UN estimates that 515,000 women die annually from complications during pregnancy or childbirth. Most of these are avoidable. In industrialized countries only 1 in 4 women die during childbirth, but that number increases to 1 in 13 in developing countries.

What is Lou Gehrig’s Disease?

Another very exciting discovery by the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine study promises a possible cure for one of the biggest mysteries in this century. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gherig’s disease, is a horrible, fatal disease that has long stumped scientist as to how it occurs or to find an effective treatment.

This disease is a neurodegenerative disease that gradually paralyzes its victims. These scientists have discovered that the cause of this disease is due to a flaw in the protein recycling system in the neurons of the spinal cord and brain. Having finally diagnosed the cause of the disease, now scientist will be able to find a cure.

Robot Surgery Treats Brain Blood Clots

Robotic Surgery

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Robotic Surgeries

Robot surgeries or robotic assisted surgeries have now become common place. In 2007, at Cleveland Clinic surgeons removed kidneys through a small incision in the patient’s naval. Numerous hospitals now have this ability.

Since that time robot surgeries have evolved as they are very accurate. They are particularly useful in cancer surgeries. The magnification lets the surgeons get very clean margins. These surgeries are typically used in minor surgeries due to the small incisions typically used.

The benefits of robotic surgery include:

  • "Fewer complications, such as surgical site infection
  • Less pain and blood loss
  • Quicker recovery
  • Smaller, less noticeable scars

Robot surgery is expensive, however, the benefit of less invasive surgery and surgery with precision accuracy outweigh the concern of cost.

Full-Length Surgery: Robot-Assisted Single-Site Gallbladder Removal

Summary

There are numerous other advances happening as this article is being written.The advances in stem cell research are staggering and volumes could be written.

One of the problems for doctors is harnessing the large volume of information of a patient, along with all the new medications and data. Doctors are frequently using new technology, including IPods, just for this reason. The new technology for some of the worst diseases of man is very exciting and holds great promise for the future.

The copyright, renewed in 2018, for this article is owned by Pamela Oglesby. Permission to republish this article in print or online must be granted by the author in writing.

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  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Michael, It is a shame it is not covered by insurance. Thanks for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Michael, It is frustrating to me to know that there is no medical coverage when they seem to do so much good. Thank you so much for your comments. I always appreciate them from you.

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    molometer 

    4 years ago from United Kingdom

    Hi Pamela,

    These technologies are brilliant. The less invasive nature of these operations means that people heal much faster too, saving time and money.

    Shocking to know that so many in the US still have no medical cover.

    I think the 'new scanner costs as little as £30-£40' is going to change millions of lives for the better.

    Great article Pamela.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Molly, I am so glad the information in this hub helped answer some of your questions. Thank you for your comments,

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    Mary Strain 

    5 years ago from The Shire

    Pamela, thank you for passing this information on! I hadn't heard that doctors had found the cause of ALS. My father passed away from it -- this discovery is an answer to my, and so many other people's prayers.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    I.m glad you enjoyed the article. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    carol stanley 

    5 years ago from Arizona

    Thanks for sharing this interesting information. New technology always fascinates me.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Dianna, The new technology is fascinating. That is interesting that your sister had that experience as I didn't know if they were being widely used yet. Thanks for your comments.

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    Dianna Mendez 

    6 years ago

    Pamela, you have shared some really interesting advancements of technology. My sister recently had an ultrasound where they used the hand-held device. How wonderful! Voted up.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    POP, I find it amazing also. From what I have read tuna is okay if eaten about once a week. At least that is the latest opinion, but who knows for sure. I appreciate your comments.

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    breakfastpop 

    6 years ago

    I am amazed at the progress medical science is making, but at the same time how is it that they still can't decide if tuna is bad for you?

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    drbj, The robotic surgeries have been around for a few years now and apparently very successful. Thanks for your comments.

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    drbj and sherry 

    6 years ago from south Florida

    Fascinating and life-saving discoveries in medicine, Pamela. Thanks for bringing all this to our attention. A number of hospitals in my area have been advertising robotic surgery for some time so the procedures are becoming more well known.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    suzettenaples, I knew the video would not be for everyone. Some of the new technology holds great promise. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    Suzette Walker 

    6 years ago from Taos, NM

    Very interesting and informative. I enjoyed reading this - the video was too much for me. LOL I'm squeamish. But, it is good to know how technology is helping us today. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us. Voted up!

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    kashmir, I find it exciting when they find what causes a disease like Lou Gehrig's disease as it is such an awful disease. Thank you so much for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Frog Prince, I sure hope you are wrong for the sake of those in need. Thank you so much for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Anginwu, These new discoveries do bring hope for those with these diseases. Thanks for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Audry, I remember you mentioning your job before and you sure got a look with that video. Congratulations on becoming a Grandma. It is such a grand time! The idea that the poor women in other countries can be saved is surely a wonderful thought. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    tillsontitan, The new discoveries are coming fast and exciting. I remember Docmo's article and it was very detailed as compared to by overview. Thank you so much for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Lord, This hub has just a few of the latest discoveries across the board. Certainly money and politics affect how quickly treatments get to the market, not to mention their affordability. Stem cell advances are more progressive in some other countries but they are being used every day for a great variety of medical problems. Thanks for your comments.

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    Thomas Silvia 

    6 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi Pamela, this hub's information was so interesting and i was so amazed how far advanced it right now with medical treatment and close to finding cures . This is all great and well researched information,well done !

    Vote up and more !!!

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    The Frog Prince 

    6 years ago from Arlington, TX

    What I predict will happen in medicine now if Obamacare is allowed to stand is that the advances we have seen come at us fast and furious will dry up. How pathetic that will be when it happens.

    Fascinating medical write up Pamela.

    The Frog

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    anglnwu 

    6 years ago

    These exciting advances in medicine definitely hold hope for everyone. Glad to know that relentless research has made it possible. Thanks for sharing.

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    Audrey Kirchner 

    6 years ago from Washington

    Great info Pamela and I do transcription of those robotic surgeries every day--nice to put a picture (gulp) with the images in my head~ I'm not much for blood though and it is a little early in the morning~ ha ha

    Amazing what they are doing these days though--I love the ultrasound since I just found out day before yesterday that Katie is pregnant--first time grandmas are so disgusting~~

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    Mary Craig 

    6 years ago from New York

    Thanks for the updates Pamela. So much is happening so fast its impossible for the laymen to keep up with it. Docmo wrote a great hub about Robotics in the medical field.

    I voted this up, useful, and interesting.

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    Joseph De Cross 

    6 years ago from New York

    Pamela, you did put lots of info on this hub. The research is continuous and lives can be saved if a new discovery comes in handy. Stem cell research has been lagging support for so many reasons, but we should not stop working in new developments. NanoTech devices will improve our lives for sure. Your approach, being a nurse is laudable. Keep them coming my friend! Thanks for sharing with us your knowledge!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    ehealer, I knew the robot has become much more common place. I have received information from the hospital I used to work at about some of the surgeries they do with the robot. It is a great advancement. Thanks for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Faith, I'm glad you found this hub interesting and I appreciate your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    rcumple, This is just a few of the new medical advances. Thank you so much for your comments.

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    Deborah 

    6 years ago from Las Vegas

    Great stuff Pamela! We use the robot at my hospital for countless surgeries and it is amazing. People experience less complications and are up walking around in no time. Fascinating info, thanks for the great article. Voted up and shared!!

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    Not Found 

    6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

    that was an amazing and interesting article Pam! You are right, there are so much advances in our technology that is happening every second of day. there are more solutions to cure diseases and other thigns that would help mankind..

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    Faith Reaper 

    6 years ago from southern USA

    Thanks, Pamela, for the very insightful hub on all the new technology. It is amazing. I can tell you put a lot of work into this hub. Voted Up In His Love, Faith Reaper

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    Rich 

    6 years ago from Kentucky

    Pamela,

    Extremely interesting information here. Had heard of, but never seen a demonstration of robot surgery. You've covered a tremendous amount of info. Great presentation and info! Up & Useful & Interesting!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Billy, I hope so too. The new medical technology is fascinating but some of it does have the potential for abuse. I appreciate your comments.

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    Bill Holland 

    6 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Fascinating information Pamela! Technology is advancing so fast; I hope we learn to harness it correctly.

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