Living longer is a subject that has remained in people’s mind since time immemorial. Every day, the rich, as well as the poor are searching for different ways of extending their immortality so that they get to blow that 1,00th candle. Thanks to technological advancements and aggressive research, scientists have been able to come up with significant and exciting health innovations that will go a long way to ensure that humans live longer and healthier lives. The following are just some of the Top 2019 Health breakthroughs that could extend our time on earth shortly.
New Cancer Vaccines
There has been an introduction of new, innovative cancer vaccines and immunotherapy treatments that have been able to arrest the advent of specific types of cancer successfully. They do this by attempting to condition the body’s immunity to destroy the cancerous cells without necessarily touching the healthy ones. Scientists are currently trying to pair new and older vaccines, e.g., administering a tetanus booster before giving out a newer cancer vaccine to deal with a certain kind of brain cancer. This is an improvement from the traditional way of only giving patients brain cancer vaccine. According to a study, those who received the double vaccine had three to seven extra years to live when compared to those that only got a brain cancer vaccine.
This is a new form of radiation therapy which focuses high-powered energy on small areas of the body. Stereotactic radiosurgery tools such as the Gamma Knife is a huge breakthrough that has proven to be a godsend in treating spine and brain tumors; areas on the body that have traditionally posed quite a challenge for surgeons to reach. Instead of a large incision created through the skin and bones, physicians treat tumors located in the brain or spine by focusing the radiation on the determined target without risking damage to the surrounding tissue. This means the amount of risk is significantly reduced and recovery from the treatment is relatively expedited. No general anesthesia is required: the radiosurgery is done as an outpatient treatment, and patients get to go home on the very day.