Amazing Science: Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2016

Top 10 Medical Innovations 2016

Take a look at the top 10 medical innovations from Cleveland Clinic’s 2016 Medical Innovation Summit.

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1. Vaccines to Prevent Public Health Epidemics

Vaccines to prevent public health epidemics such as Ebola and meningococcal B get fast-tracked for approval so patients can receive them earlier.

2. Genomic Directed Clinical Trials

Genetic profiling of patients better matches them to clinical trials, which increases their chance of benefiting from research studies.

3. Gene Editing Using CRISPR

CRISPR is a therapy in which the human genome is altered in an effort to eliminate genetic-based disease.

4. Water Purification Systems for Prevention of Infectious Diseases

A self-sustainable processor turns solid waste and sewer sludge into safe drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people.

5. Cell-Free Fetal DNA Testing

A non-invasive diagnostic test has a tenfold better chance of diagnosing Down’s syndrome in a fetus.

6. Cancer Screening via Protein Biomarker Analysis

A test that detects changes in the structure of certain blood proteins can diagnose many types of cancer with high accuracy.

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7. Naturally Controlled Artificial Limbs

Sensors pick up neural codes sent by the brain and send them to computers to be deciphered and used to operate prosthetic limbs.

8. First-ever Treatment For HSDD

A drug restores sexual desire in premenopausal women who have no medical-based explanation for their loss of libido.

9. Frictionless Remote Monitoring

Devices that allow health care providers to monitor patients from afar — such as needle-free glucose monitoring, which uses biosensors on the skin to collect information on glucose levels.

10. Neurovascular Stent Retriever

A new device, used alongside standard tPA treatment for stroke, removes clots and results in speedier recovery for patients and a better chance for independence.

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