People have wanted to know the secrets to longevity and physical well-being for centuries. While science gives us the answers to many questions, it is the constant innovation in medicine that allows for each generation to outlive the next. Researchers work tirelessly to bring us the next great medical device, vaccine, drug, or treatment. As a result, human beings are living longer and healthier lives than ever before!
To highlight the achievements made in the last few years, we’re going to take a closer look at three distinct treatments that have helped reinvent the concept of healthy living!
Stem Cell Therapy
When scientists first started using stem cells to conduct research and treat illnesses, it became a major controversy. That is not the case anymore.
Over the years, the controversy surrounding stem cells has worn off while the benefits of stem cell therapy have multiplied. For example, stem cells can be used to treat a wide range of ailments — from arthritis and knee pain to Alzheimer’s and spinal injury. Many clinics, like ThriveMD, are solely dedicated to treating medical conditions with stem cell therapy.
Cystic Fibrosis Treatment
Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening condition that causes damage to the lungs and digestive system. Since it is an inherited condition, there is little that patients can do to avoid it. Additionally, most existing treatments only treat the symptoms, without addressing the underlying condition.
Fortunately, a new drug called Trikafta passed through multiple clinical trials and is showing a lot of promise as the next big cystic fibrosis treatment. Patients who took Trikafta showed increased lung and digestive health over the course of their treatment. Trikafta is now available to patients 12 years of age and older with serious symptoms related to cystic fibrosis.
Peanut Allergy Immunotherapy
A lot of people don’t treat a peanut allergy as a serious condition, but it can be all too serious for those who suffer from it. Some children and adults have even died from severe allergic reactions. Since it is more common in children, it is especially important to find a treatment that can reduce the risk of experiencing the worst symptoms.
As of 2020, the FDA has fast-tracked a new peanut allergy immunotherapy treatment for children. In essence, the treatment consists of capsules containing a tiny amount of peanut protein. Over time, the amount of peanut protein increases as the patient builds up an immunity to the allergy. Eventually, this immunotherapy should completely eradicate peanut allergies in younger patients. Not only could this new treatment save lives, but it could also make daily life much easier for millions of parents, teachers, and caretakers.
The Bottom Line
Medical science continues to advance at lightning speed. As recently as a decade ago, many conditions caused daily pain and suffering. Thanks to advancements and treatments like those listed above, people are now living longer, healthier, and happier lives!