Medical science has greatly evolved in recent years. This becomes apparent when you compare the medical discoveries of a few years ago with what we have today.

For instance, some of the most common medical tools that we now take for granted e.g. stethoscopes and microscopes have only been around since the 1800s. The same is true for the x-ray. However, while the two former instruments have remained largely unchanged, with the microscope only increasing in size or magnification, the latter has definitely come a long way. Nowadays we have sophisticated MRI scanners that are capable of taking pictures of the inside of your body in seconds.

These developments aren’t limited to medical tools and instruments. Thanks to medical research, there have been numerous remarkable breakthroughs in medical treatment and care of various diseases. In the 18th century, people suffered greatly from diseases such as smallpox, diphtheria and polio. Through intensive medical research, scientists discovered that these were caused by bacteria, viruses and other microbes. This discovery made it possible to isolate the organisms and develop vaccines to prevent disease occurrence. To date, vaccines have saved millions of lives across the globe and have virtually eliminated diseases that once threatened humankind.

These medical breakthroughs are not outdated. Flip through any medical journal and you are sure to see several studies aimed at finding a cure or a new way to manage any number of diseases and illnesses. You are also likely to come across recent successes. For instance, the first hand transplant in the USA was done recently in 2011 by surgeons at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Centre, marking a milestone in medicine.

One area that is receiving a lot of attention these days is stem cell research. Medical researchers and practitioners now believe that stem cell therapy holds the key to remedies for conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and certain forms of cancer, among others. Stem cells are unique in that they can grow and differentiate into different cell types within the body. They have immense healing potential since they can develop into various body tissues or organs and can replace cells that have been damaged by injury or disease.

Stem cells were originally harvested from bone marrow. However, it was recently revealed that stem cells from teeth or the umbilical cord have the widest potential for therapeutic application. Cells that have been harvested from the donor in this way are a perfect match, reducing chances of rejection by the body. For this reason, parents are encouraged to store their children’s milk teeth in a Tooth Cell Bank, to be used for stem cell extraction should the need ever arise.

In summary, you can see that medical science discoveries have helped improve the lives of millions of people in the world. Thanks to these discoveries, we can now provide better care and disease management allowing people to live longer. Those who have chronic illnesses can enjoy better quality lives with more personalized treatment. As technology improves and more medical discoveries are made, maybe you will one day wake up to a world that is free of disease.

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