Just like many other things in the world, technology is transforming the tools that help us to stay healthy, influencing everything from scanning technology to creating precision engineered health supplements.
So, what are these technologies that are flourishing? What benefit will they have to you, and what's coming next? Hopefully this article can shed some light on some of the very best medical technologies coming to your doors soon, and some that might be a bit further away.
Titanium Technology - The Future
The sturdy metal has long found use in a range of industries. You might be familiar with titanium tubing as part of your furniture at home, or as components in your car; and you'd be correct in thinking that titanium tubes are used extensively for medical applications, where their naturally sterile nature - easily cleaned - and durability are great for taking on heavy loads and for general versatility.
Titanium oxides, too - most commonly found in paint - have found cutting-edge use in recent years by forming membranes for artificial implants. An incredibly high-tech development made this year, that is definitely one for the future. has been found in titanium gas sensing nanotechnology. These have been found to be much more accurate with detecting various gases than the technology we have today. For you, that means better detectors at home, and quicker diagnostics if you have inhaled something you shouldn't have.
Prosthetic Organs - Sooner Than You Think
Incredibly, scientists have gone one further than the relatively (emphasis on the relatively!) straightforward function that devices such as pacemakers and prosthetic limbs perform. In response to the rising diabetes epidemic, engineers have produced a functioning prosthetic pancreas that's set to hit the markets very soon. The organ, which can regulate your insulin levels to assist your diabetes, is being hailed as a revolution in diabetes care.
Smart Sleep Aids - The Now
Anxiety and depression are a big problem globally and one of the worst knock-on effects of this is sleep deprivation. With a grown adult needing, on average, 7-8 hours of sleep a night, the effects of not getting enough are pronounced and can often be anxiety-like, causing symptoms in those without an anxiety diagnosis and exacerbating the symptoms of those with it. Long term, some scientists have found that a lack of sleep is as damaging as anything else.
New technology has rallied to try and help us in this endeavour. At the 2017 CES Unveiled, a big technology gig, one company unveiled a smart sleep breathing wristband geared towards picking up your natural breathing patterns and helping you to integrate that into finding a peaceful night's sleep.
Human health has, obviously, always been an intrinsic part of life, an absolute necessity. So, apart from straight-up money making opportunities, technology has always sought to produce new and exciting medical tech. As the trend continues, so will what's on offer, and what's above is just a taste of what's to come.