Top 10 Medical Advances that Sound Like Science Fiction — TopTenzNet


10 Medical Advances that Sound Like Science
Fiction 10. Healing Bio-Foam Getting shot hurts a lot. And it looks like
it hurts a lot. But not every injury is so visible. In fact, a large percentage of preventable
battlefield deaths come from internal wounds that can’t be seen. Arsenal Medicine, working for the Department
of Defense, has developed a new way of treating internal wounds quickly. If you’re a Halo
fan, you’ve probably heard of it before. Like the biofoam used by the game’s soldiers,
this real-life version is designed to create pressure in an injured abdominal. By pressing
down on the wounds, it substantially reduces blood loss. It’s still in the prototype
stage, but it looks promising so far. Early tests show the foam raising the three-hour
survival rate for the injuries it treats from only 8% to 72%. We can only hope that, like
in the game, they’re going to place them everywhere for us to pick up for free. 9. Virtual Reality Training Doctors spend years of training in both medical
school and internships, but they are still capable of making mistakes, especially when
they haven’t tried a specific procedure before. One of the times they do it has to
be the first, but no one wants to be a doctor’s first. In response to this, scientists have
developed virtual reality tools that allow a doctor to actually practice procedures consequence-free.
This way, they can detect most potential problems beforehand. Results show that doctors that use the tool
perform much better than those who don’t. Tests show that virtual reality-trained doctors
were six times less likely to make a mistake during a gallbladder dissection. They also
performed the procedure 29% faster. So, if you want to be a better doctor, you need to
start playing some video games. Just make sure they’re about medicine. 8. The Tooth Patch Now, before the rise of dentistry, when your
teeth would rot, they fell out and that was the end of that. No more teeth. Then we developed
preventative measures and eventually dentures. But dentures are a poor imitation of real
teeth. What if you could simply put a thin coat of film on that could not only protect,
but even repair your teeth? Well, researchers in Japan have developed something that could
work. The tooth patch is a super-flexible material made from hydroxyapatite, the main
mineral in tooth enamel. It’s still in the prototype stage now, but
should be available commercially within a couple of years. As of now it can only protect
and repair your teeth, but it is possible to make a version that would also help to
whiten them. So, we guess that means you can say goodbye to brushing and flossing. Not really. TopTenz does not endorse the lack
of flushing or brushing. Please continue to do both. 7. Healing Gel In Star Wars, Luke Skywalker was submerged
in a giant container of a gel called Bacta, in order to heal his wounds. This synthetic
chemical is now fast becoming reality, only instead of the Star Wars method, it is merely
put onto the area of the wound. This toothpaste-looking stuff, called Nexagon, was developed by researchers
at the University College of London and works by actually reducing protein production, which
allows cells to move faster in order to heal the wound. No word yet on whether or not it
increases your midichlorian count. 6. Ultrasound to Heal Internal Injuries Star Trek fans might recall the ability of
space doctors to heal easily by pointing a machine at people with injuries. Unfortunately,
it isn’t that easy in real life, though it may soon become so. Scientists, engineers,
and doctors have been working together to adapt ultrasounds to heal internal injuries
and to stop internal bleeding. Pretty soon, going to the doctor will feel
just like stepping on the Starship Enterprise. There are already portable X-rays that are
very similar to the tricorders of Star Trek. Experiments have shown ultrasound therapy
is effective at healing lung punctures. It can also heal ruptured blood vessels. This,
along with the DARPA foam mentioned earlier, is especially helpful because it gets rid
of the need for surgery. 5. Mind-Controlled Wheelchair Wheelchairs generally move one of three ways:
you roll yourself, someone pushes you, or you have a stick you push that activates a
motor that turns the wheel. But now researchers have developed a way for people to control
the movement of their wheelchair with their mind. It can understand simple commands like
“forward” or “go left” and will then go that way as long as it means it won’t
hit anything. It can also move towards some specific objects that the driver wants to
go to. You might think that it would get old fast
to constantly have to mentally order around your chair. The chair’s designers clearly
thought so, equipping their prototype with two webcams and a function called “shared
control” that allows it to take over low-level tasks. So, drivers only have to think a command
once, and then only need to intervene if they need to change something. 4. Growing Skin Most of the time, a wound will simply fix
itself automatically. But sometimes, for whatever reason, it just doesn’t. In the past, the
usual solution to this was amputation. For some reason, people didn’t think that was
good enough. So, in the last few years, researchers have begun to develop new technology that
allows doctors to create human skin in labs. Biotech companies extract collagen from donated
skin that they can then use to heal a wound. One of the coolest things about it is that
they can take tiny amounts of real skin, and then use it to grow tons of artificial skin.
As Dr. James Mcguire of Temple University put it, “In some cases, we can get four
football fields of skin out of one baby foreskin.” 3. A Pill That Sees Inside You A pill designed in Japan can literally see
inside your body. This tiny mechanism is swallowed, and then later spins inside your intestine,
creating a video for doctors to look at in order to find problems. After it goes down
the esophagus and through the intestines, the pills camera takes up to 870,000 images,
or 30 per second. It transmits these images to a SD card kept in a vest worn by the patient.
Over time, these images are all combined and turned into a video. The doctors can then
simply take the card, put it into a computer, and watch the video. During this whole process, the patient apparently
feels nothing. Most people will probably find this preferable to the previous method of
sticking a long pole with a camera on it directly inside. 2. 3-D Color X-Ray Scientist at the University of Manchester
in Britain have developed a new X-ray with both 3D and color capabilities, allowing them
to get better results easier than ever before. We can now look inside someone, move around
it like a 3D model, and see all the different shades and colors. It’s just like when Dorothy
first entered the land of Oz, and the world was in full color for the first time. In addition, a doctor’s office is not the
only place this upgrade will make things easier. It could also improve security screening at
airports, industrial inspection, and geophysical exploration. 1. Automatic Sperm Extractor A device in China has has been developed to
help infertility patients. The automatic sperm extractor is exactly what it sounds like.
You stick your baby maker in this terrifying machine, and it sucks the life juice out of
you. That is literally the most normal way we could think of to phrase that. Luckily, though, it’s accommodating. It
can be adjusted for different heights, and speed and temperature are also controllable.
It can be used by men who have fertility issues and thus can’t donate sperm normally. So,
we’ve finally done it. Sex with robots is now a reality. Soon there will be cyborg children
running around everywhere.

28 Replies to “Top 10 Medical Advances that Sound Like Science Fiction — TopTenzNet

  1. OK that number one is creepy, I mean what if was designed by a mad scientist and uses prostate stimulation or what if some one else used it before you and they forgot to change the disposable pieces.

  2. The interstine imaging pill seems slightly useless. Its nice to see inside someone and all, but unless you can track it spatially the information if not very usable for surgery (which the pipe down the throat is). Maybe it will find some use in diagnostic purposes though. But it seems rather expensive…

  3. One I thought should have been here was communication by thought. A doctor developed a sensor that picks up on a person's thoughts and then can transmit the information to a computer, which can turn this into speech or text that can be read. The person who tested it out was a quadriplegic accident victim that was paralyzed from the neck down.

  4. so wait, #1, does it like…..LITERALLY jack you off? like in a way that's fun? cuz otherwise it takes all the fun out of sperm donations

  5. I've heard of scientists CREATING elements not seen in nature. However, these elements only last for fractions of a second.

  6. also, when were able to use nano bots to help and heal the body, 10x better then our own blood and maybe create stem cells not obtained from fetuses. immortality baby.

  7. Start playing medical games to improve become a better doctor? I knew Surgeon Simulator was genuine medical training!

  8. We all know what software the surgeons use it's called surgeon simulator and if you play it you will see how hard being a surgeon really is derp

  9. the number 1, why dont just call it sex toy..? seriously. ..it just a modify sex toy/penile toy adding with sucking sperms utility and additional function of pleasure technology. ….curious. ..if 1 person use it…then do the machine have cleaning system for reuse for another person. …if not, then all male" baby maker" will share sticking sperms when put it in hahahahah….remind me case in Big China keep reuse the same injection for different people end up entire hospital infect with disease. …sorry for my bad ENG

  10. if they can get a person to control their wheelchair with their mind, why cant they get the same system to control their legs?

  11. Thanks to medical science we didn't have 20 years ago my dad walked away from having a semi engine explode in his face.
    His only major loss, his fingers which he sacrificed to save his face.

    To clarify he was trapped in the driver's seat after losing control and hitting something.

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