Future in Medicine

There are many new discoveries or innovations in Medicine slated for the next few years. Thankfully for patients and doctors medicine does not stop moving. Based on recent articles, Medscape and other medical inputs a few have been stated here.

FMT or fecal microbiota transplant has 90% cure rate for Clostridium difficile infection. Earlier it was patient prepared enemas and colonoscopies transfers. Orally administered frozen fecal capsules and stool banks are the future. Microbial imbalance in the gut is associated with medical conditions as Diabetes, Rheumatoid arthritis. Neurological conditions like Autism and Multiple Sclerosis has been associated with altered gut flora profiles.

Antibiotics like Tedizolid, Dalbavancin, Oritavancin are the new antibiotics approved for Methicillin Resistance Staphylococcus aureus infection. Each of these agents have advantages over the currently available antibiotics for MRSA infection. According to Dr John Barlett of John Hopkins Medical School the pipeline of antibiotics is slow but not dry.

According to JAMA Neurology Stroke Care has to go mobile for better patient care and outcomes. The saying is time is brain. Ambulance based stroke care units would increase the chances of thrombolytic therapy in the first golden hour. A large network of ambulances, Emergency teams and hospital network would be required.

Lancet published the greatest surgical gynaecological news of a successful live birth in a transplanted uterus. 35 years old received a uterus from a 61 years old family friend. A year after the patient underwent a frozen embryo transfer. Both the mother and child are doing well.

Bionic pancreas for type 1 diabetes could be a reality as par reports from Southern California Clinical Diabetes programme. A smart phone like device continuously monitors glucose and communicates this to a device that calculates and releases appropriate doses of insulin. A dependable user friendly system could be available in the near future.


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