You have to find your own way of staying healthy!
The so-called wearable revolution has just started and will see a huge number of home-diagnostic and monitoring devices coming to the market in the coming months and years, but being healthy starts with simple things. It should basically be about being healthy and happy. And the only way to achieve that is to be proactive finding your own methods.
Since 1997, I have logged basic parameters about my life including the time when I went to sleep and woke up; scores between 1 and 10 about my mental, physical and emotional well-being. I have logged these for over 6000 days and not one day is missing. It takes me about 2 minutes every day and I cannot even describe how much it have helped me shape my lifestyle, find ways to be more health and happy. I needed data to make these changes, but everyone has to find their own motivation.
Here is an example of how my scored have changed over the last 2 weeks.
I hate running therefore I use the Zombies Run application to motivate myself by being a zombie attack survivor looking for supplies and running away from zombies.
It doesn’t matter whether your method includes technology or social solutions, but you have to find your own ways to stay healthy. Without proper health management, even modern medicine cannot help us.
Please share your methods about how you try to stay healthy on the Facebook page and Youtube channel of the medical futurist.
I started an exciting project by launching my Medical Futurist Youtube Channel in which I will talk about trends, concepts, technologies, ethical considerations and devices that will shape the future of medicine.
I covered my new book and the need for being proactive in your health in the first videos. More to come soon!
Here is the trailer:
When I wrote about nanorobots living in our bloodstream and detecting diseases before they could even develop in my new book, The Guide to the Future of Medicine, some readers said that might be a too futuristic concept. Now, here is a great report on Medgadget about microrobots that can swim through bodily fluids. These are developed with the long-term goal of transporting drugs to places in the body we cannot reach now.
A collaboration between scientists in Europe and Israel has developed a novel propulsion system modeled on scallops that can move tiny objects through many of the body’s fluids. The tiny scallop is powered by an external magnetic field that makes the device open and close. Because bodily fluids are typically non-Newtonian, meaning their viscosity changes depending on how fast an object is moving through them, flapping the scallop’s opposing shells at different speeds on the closing than the opening stroke allows it to propel confidently in one direction.
We might be still far away from developing functional nanorobots, but such microrobots definitely represent an important step into that direction.
I see enormous technological changes heading our way. If they hit us unprepared, which we are now, they will wash away the medical system we know and leave it a purely technology–based service without personal interaction. Such a complicated system should not be washed away. Rather, it should be consciously and purposefully redesigned piece by piece. If we are unprepared for the future, then we lose this opportunity.
I wrote a book “The Guide to the Future of Medicine: Technology AND The Human Touch” to prepare everyone for the coming waves of change, to be a guide for the future of medicine that anyone can use. It describes 22 trends and technologies that I think will shape the future.
Here are the real examples and practical stories about why these are leading the waves of change. Read the whole stories and more examples in the book.
- E-Patient Dave demonstrated what the relationship between patient and doctor should be like.
- PatientsLikeMe.com and smartpatients.com let patients discover each other and share stories.
- CrowdMed.com was designed to help patients crowdsource crucial information.
- By playing games on Lumosity.com, our memory, flexibility, attention, and focus can be improved.
- The Quantified Self movement has recently started to transform into the “Quantified Us” movement.
- The smartphone application “Zombies, Run!” requires the runner to pick up virtual supplies and escape from virtual zombie hordes making exercise more motivated.
- The Microsoft Kinect 3D sensor is able to monitor and analyze performance in real time, giving patients feedback as they exercise and complete assignments.
Eating in the future
- Foodini aims at printing out food using fresh ingredients. It can make ravioli, cookies, or crackers.
- The Cultured Beef project aims to make commercially available meat created by harvesting muscle cells from a living cow.
- TellSpec is a hand–held device designed to determine what macronutrients or specific ingredients the food contains.
Augmented and Virtual Reality
- Dr. Rafael Grossmann became the first surgeon to demonstrate the use of Google Glass during a live surgical procedure.
- Eyes–On™ Glasses uses imaging technology to find the location of the most suitable vein.
- Google is working on a multi–sensor contact lens that would work with Google Glass, other wearables, Android smartphones and even smart televisions.
- An autonomous remote–presence robot called RP–VITA is used in monitoring surgical patients before, during, and after their operations.
- In its 2014 e–health report Deloitte called e–visits the house calls of the 21st century.
- Video consultation is becoming a routine part of care offered by the Stanford Hospital & Clinics.
Re-thinking the Medical Curriculum
- The “Healing Blade” card game takes medical students into a world of sorcery and creatures where real–world knowledge of infectious diseases and therapeutics play a pivotal role in the winning strategy.
- At Radboud University Medical Center, they are currently working on a revolutionary new medical curriculum.
Surgical and humanoid robots
- In underdeveloped regions, surgical robots could be deployed so that operations are performed by surgeons who control the robots from thousands of kilometers away.
- The new version of the daVinci system, called Xi, was released by Intuitive Surgical in 2014.
- Medical drones could deliver supplies and drugs to conventionally unreachable areas.
- The shipping cost of our sample will be more expensive than the cost of actually sequencing our genome.
- In years, we will stop talking about personalized medicine as it will no longer be anything special.
- Oxford Nanopore released its MinION sequencer that can read short DNA fragments, exists on a USB drive sized device, and can perform the actual sequencing on a laptop.
- Using devices to measure numerous health parameters is not only possible in the ivory tower of medicine as 2014 is the year of the wearable revolution.
- The world’s lightest and thinnest flexible sensor system will produce stress–free wearable healthcare sensors.
- The smart bra has successfully been tested in over 500 breast cancer patients detecting the disease.
- The Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize promises to award $10 million to the first team to build a medical tricorder.
- An estimated 500 million smartphone users, including medical professionals, consumers, and patients, will be using a healthcare–related application by 2015.
- Physicians will prescribe a lot more applications than medications to their patients.
Growing orgains in labs
- Biomaterials such as liver tissue and skin have been successfully printed out.
- In 2014 scientists succeeded in regenerating a living organ, the thymus, which produces immune cells.
- Citizen scientists are changing the way research is performed.
- BioCurious, a hackerspace for biotech, opened with the mission statement that innovations in biology should be accessible, affordable, and open to everyone.
- Theranos develops a radical blood–testing service that requires only a pinprick and a drop of blood to perform hundreds of lab tests from standard cholesterol checks to sophisticated genetic analyses.
The 3D Printing Revolution
- Printing medical devices, living tissues, then eventually cells and pharmaceuticals might not be far away from everyday use.
- Lee Cronin, a chemist at the University of Glasgow, wants to do for the discovery and distribution of prescription drugs what Apple did for music.
- RoboHand has begun developing a low–cost printed leg prosthesis.
- Ekso Bionics designs and develops powered exoskeletons that could make walking possible again for paralyzed people.
- Bespoke Innovations went further in customization to make beautifully designed prosthetics based on the patient’s needs and personality.
Full Physiological Simulation
- Supercomputers could run analyses on thousands of drug targets on billions of patient models in silico.
- HumMod is a simulation system that provides a top–down model of human physiology from organs to hormones.
- The Wyss Institute and a team of collaborators seek to link ten human organs–on–chips to imitate whole–body physiology.
- Watson is perhaps the most important supercomputer, and one of the first to enter the artificial intelligence (AI) market in our time.
- Using 500 randomly selected patients for its simulations, the AI models cost $189 whereas treatment–as–usual cost $497.
- Tiny nanorobots in our bloodstream could detect diseases and send alerts to our smartphones or digital contact lenses before disease could develop in our body.
- The first DNA nanodevice that survived the body’s immune defense was created in 2014.
Hospitals of the Future
- NXT Health designed and funded a prototype of the future hospital rooms intended to reduce infections, falls, errors and ultimately costs.
- The Walnut Hill Medical Center in Dallas has been referred to as the Apple experience hospital due to its design and innovative nature.
- Japanese scientists could map one second’s worth of activity in the human brain with K computer, the fourth most powerful supercomputer in the world.
- Optogenetics shows the potential to provide new therapies for several medical conditions such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, or depression.
- Dr. Kevin Warwick managed to control machines and communicate with others using only his thoughts with a cutting–edge neural implant.
The Rise of Recreational Cyborgs
- In 2016, Zurich, Switzerland will host the first championship sports event under the name Cybathlon for parathletes using high–tech prostheses, exoskeletons, and other robotic and assistive devices.
- Chris Dancy is usually referred to as the world’s most connected man. He has between 300 and 700 systems running and collecting real–time data about his life at any given time.
- A research performed in Pennsylvania in May, 2014 tested a new method of freezing gunshot victims while doctors tried to save their lives.
- The Cryonics Institute in Clinton Township, Michigan stores hundreds of cryopreserved people and animals along with DNA and tissue samples.
There are thousands of reasons why to look forward to the future of medicine!
In many emergency situations, time is the key and everyone should get access to information or the right devices in no time. This new prototype demonstrated in The Netherlands could solve this issue by using a drone to deliver defibrillators very fast to even bigger distances.
An excerpt from the press release:
Developed by Belgian engineering graduate Alec Momont, it can fly at speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour (60 miles per hour). “Around 800,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest in the European Union every year and only 8.0 percent survive,” Momont, 23, said at the TU Delft University. “The main reason for this is the relatively long response time of emergency services of around 10 minutes, while brain death and fatalities occur with four to six minutes,” he said in a statement. “The ambulance drone can get a defibrillator to a patient within a 12 square kilometre (4.6 square miles) zone within a minute, reducing the chance of survival from 8 percent to 80 percent.”
This week has also been amazing regarding the developments of medicine and technology. See more news every day on the Medical Futurist Facebook page and check out the latest articles below:
This is the title of the press release the American Society for Clinical Pathology published today about my keynote that I will give in this year’s meeting in Tampa. I look forward to talking about the future of genomics, wearable technologies and the patient-physician partnership, among others.
An excerpt from the press release:
“We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Meskó is hosting a general session at this year’s annual meeting,” commented Dr. E. Blair Holladay, CEO/Executive Vice President of ASCP. “His session will be an invigorating discussion on ways that new technology, such as genomics and next-generation sequencing, are providing pathologists and medical laboratory professionals with valuable tools to improve patient care.”