The next generation of healthcare

What if you could monitor your blood glucose levels through your contact lenses, or have a new limb printed for you? No, we’re not creating a screenplay for a sci-fi movie. These are actual medical innovations, shaping the future of medicine, and they may even be a reality in your children’s lifetime. Say hello to the new generation of healthcare.

Seeing diabetes through a new lens

You’ll have to see it to believe it. Google hits, and scores, again with one of its latest innovations. They’ve teamed up with pharmaceutical company, Novartis, to create the Smart Contact Lens and it lives up to its name. With this lens, a tear drop is all that’s needed to monitor and transmit your blood sugar levels!

How does it work? The lens contains a tiny sensor, the size of a piece of glitter with an antenna thinner than a human hair, monitoring the diabetic’s sugar levels in their tears. Oh, and the lens is still able to correct your vision.

Activate fitness mode

Children enjoy video games because they’re entertaining and challenge them, but only the characters on the screen are moving; there are no points being scored when it comes to kid’s waistlines.  So, what’s the solution? Is there a way to combine video game fun with physical activity? Absolutely!

Games are being created that are specifically meant for children to help combat the obesity and diabetes epidemic. Take a look at Zamzee – “a physical device that tracks how people move around, and hence complete “Quests” based on their activity level,” according to gamification expert, Yu-kai Chou.

The beauty of this: kids won’t see physical activity as a health requirement that is being forced on them. Rather, they are consumed by the excitement and enjoyment of the game. It’s a win-win situation.

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Printers save lives!

Did you ever think that you’d be reading that phrase? This isn’t a new way to urge you to become eco-friendly, printers have moved into a new dimension. If you’ve suffered an accident and require Skin grafts, a new limb or even an organ, we can print them!

According the Harvard Business Review, 3D-printed skin can be used for burn victims. It can even produce airway splints for babies with tracheobronchomalacia. “The medical implant had been successfully tested in three children between the ages of three months and 16 months as of April 2015. The splints can be produced in a matter of hours, and they only cost about $10 (R160) per unit.”

Let your stomach do the “talking”

Every year hundreds of thousands of people undergo dangerous surgery in an attempt to help them lose weight. For those who are extremely obese, there is a risk of death, but is there any other way? It seems so.

A revolutionary new [implanted] battery-powered device, known as VBLOC Therapy, a neurotransmitter that is able to change the way your stomach, “talks” to your brain and basically helps you to feel less hungry.

The genius of this device is that besides being effective, it can also be removed; certain obesity treatments – such as the gastric sleeve – require a portion of your stomach to be removed, making it impossible to reverse.

As all these innovations in healthcare continue to evolve at an exponential rate, it makes you wonder what next breakthrough can we expect. As the old saying goes: “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.”