Medical breakthroughs and innovation are happening daily as Doctors find novel ways to treat chronic illness.
It’s truly amazing! Science, research and technology advance almost daily finding new cures and developing new technology to find the cure. You might say we’re living in the Golden Age of Medicine.
Here are some of the new innovative procedures that are helping those with diabetes, heart disease, depression and Parkinson’s disease.
Medical Breakthroughs: Parkinson’s Tremors
Currently, deep brain stimulation surgery is the gold standard for treating Parkinson’s disease tremors that don’t respond to medication. It’s effective in 90 percent of cases. The problem is it involves implanting electrodes in the brain through surgery. Consequently, high risk patients are too high risk for this procedure.
But now, the FDA has approved a new noninvasive treatment that uses MRI to guide ultrasound waves directly to areas of the brain. This treatment is called Exablate Neuro, and destroys misfiring brain cells in the targeted area without invasive surgery.
Medical Breakthroughs: Seasonal Depression
Mental health professionals use light-box therapy to treat seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD leads to a low mood in winter but eases when the days get longer. New research indicates that the same therapy is effective for other types of depression, such as bipolar depression. The therapy involves sitting near a light box during morning hours, and resets a disordered circadian rhythm, resulting in an improved mood.
Mood-Adjusting Spray Stops Depression
Esketamine, now sold as Spravato, is a nasal spray related to an old approved anesthetic. In March the FDA approved the drug — in conjunction with an oral antidepressant — for people with treatment-resistant depression. It works.
Medical Breakthroughs: Measure Circadian Rhythm-Blood Test
Researchers based at Northwestern University have now found a way to measure your personal internal rhythms through a blood test. It looks for your body’s time signature, potentially allowing doctors to understand the absolute best times for you to eat, exercise and work — or to receive medication or other therapy when your body will be most receptive. No more guesswork!