Modern medicine has provided people with infinite extension on their life expectancy. Many has to thank the countless efforts made by the medical scientists, engineers, physicians for their never ending pursuit to cure the incurable human diseases. Much advances has been made over the past 100 years in the field of medicine, but these five particular breakthroughs not only revolutionized and influenced the health industry, but our lives as well.
Cold Laser/ Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)
Life scientists have figured a way to dramatically reduce or get rid of all together musculoskeletal pain, inflammation, and promote tissue repair with Low Level Laser Therapy or Cold Laser Therapy. There are many cold laser treatment options which stimulate cell growth and initiate cell functions to promote healing to eliminate common chronic pain, such as:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Chronic back, shoulder, or leg pain
- Neck pain
- Tennis elbow
- Rotator cuff injury
- Joint pain in knees, hands, ankles
Heart Attack Prevention with Stent
Coronary stents have prevented patients' from countless heart attacks. Since its invention and implementation for the prevention of heart attacks, the coronary stents have helped bring the death rate for coronary artery disease down to 40 percent. These tiny flexible tubes are used as props to enlarge narrow vessels with plaque buildup to allow once again the free flow of blood circulation to the heart.
High Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART)
The death rate of HIV patients dropped 10 percent in the US between 2006 and 2007 with the introduction of High Active Antiretroviral Therapy in 1996. The survival rate for HIV patients was very short, only three to five years. HAART extended that survival rate into decades. Although modern medicine have yet figured out a way to cure this epidemic disease, with a "cocktail" combination therapy approach, many people living with HIV can live a long, normal life.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) for the Body
Magnetic Resonance Imaging for the body gives physicians an unparallel view of the human body. Everything from the organs, soft tissues, bones, and all other internal body structure can be viewed with an MRI. These detailed images produced by powerful magnetic field and radio frequency pulses, have equipped doctors to analyze patients' medical condition more meticulously. This noninvasive medical test revolutionized physician's ability to diagnose.
Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)
Similar to the MRI for the body, Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging allows the reading and map the interworking of the brain functions as it is happening. The viewing of working neurons, brain cells, track changes in the oxygen levels, blood flow to the brain has given scientist immense insight on diseases, such as: depression, brain cancer, autism, and memory disorder.