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Imagine how far Medicine has taken the world. Just a few decades ago you hardly had medicines to cure the simplest of medical problems. Would you even believe that it wasn’t until the late 1960s that Ibuprofen was invented? But now almost every issue you have can be solved with a pill, capsule or a simple visit to a specialist. This is all thanks to medical innovations brought about by intense research.

Medical research is the deep and continuous study conducted to aid and support the already established knowledge in the field of medicine. This form of study is often divided into two: clinical trials or the testing of new treatments and all other studies centred to develop new treatments.

Over the past centuries, research in the field has helped not only save lives but also lengthen them. Advances in the field of medicine, including vaccines, antibiotics, cures for cancer, medications for high blood and techniques in non-invasive surgeries have been developed that further the industry as well as the lives of the people.

To give you an idea of how brilliant the minds of people are in the field of medicine, here are a few of the most amazing breakthroughs in medical research.

D.I.Y. Body Organs

According to Discovery News, surgeons have already developed a way for them to create body organs out of plastic by using stem cell regeneration. Tracheas have already been among the parts created through this method in an aim to lessen the number of people who die waiting for organ donors.

The method is done by using a patient’s own stem cells to build the organ, which also lessens the probability of the body rejecting the new organ.

Headache Remover with a Touch of a Button

Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic have developed a way to help patients who suffer from ‘suicide headaches’ or what is known as the worst type of headaches. The doctors implanted almond-sized devices behind the upper jaw of their patients. In the study, 67% of the patients said they felt pain relief after pressing a remote control that sent high stimulation to their heads.

Double Arm Transplant Success

Transplants are not a medical breakthrough anymore, at least not after decades of its invention. People have been used to all this already, even using it for aesthetics. But what makes this Iraq vets transplant is that he is only the seventh double-arm transplant success in the U.S.

The surgery took over 13 hours to accomplish, but after the gruelling hours the soldier can now play catch again.

“He has a very optimistic outlook on life, which is what makes him such a good candidate,” Dr. W.P. Andrew Lee, plastic surgery chief at Johns Hopkins who led the double-arm transplant, told Discovery News. “He’s excited about having the new arms and determined to make them as good as possible.”

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This article was published on 2013/07/31