We live in a time when it seems that new medical cures and treatments are emerging on a weekly basis. So, what are some of the latest advancements and trends in this truly exciting field?
The ALS Challenge
The ALS “Ice Bucket” Challenge was designed to raise money for a disease known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. This disease degrades the nerves within our brains and spinal cords; eventually resulting in death. Currently, this challenge has raised more than one hundred million dollars (and counting). It is hoped that this money will be used to further research and find a cure in the not-so-distant future.
Companies such as Biolamina have been spearheading the advancement of stem cell research and its availability to the public. In many ways, these cells represent a “one-size-fits-all” solution to a host of illnesses due to the fact that they can transform into nearly any cell within the human body. So, stem cells are expected to eventually treat serious illnesses such as cancers, birth defects and even the previously mentioned ALS. Although this seemed to be only a dream a few years ago, researchers have been making a great deal of headway and it is only a matter of time before these techniques become general practice.
HIV and AIDS have been two of the most serious diseases to ever attack mankind. In the past, treatment options were extremely limited and most patients were facing a death sentence. Scientists have recently announced that a new group of antibodies is better able to adapt to the changing structure of this virus. In turn, the virus will have difficulty replicating and it is hoped that by modifying these antibodies, an eventual cure will be found.
it is clear to see that these are much more than dreams. With further research and funding, the diseases of today may very well become the memories of tomorrow.