Technology is painting a bright and promising future for the medical industry. If smart brain implants and advanced computer systems are no longer just ideas, other new discoveries could be well within our reach. This includes an endoscope camera that can see through the human body better than an x-ray.
Thanks to thousands of integrated photon detectors inside the camera, the device can detect individual particles of light being beamed through human tissue.
By reconciling light signals that come directly to the camera with scattered photons… the device is able to determine where the light-emitting endoscope is placed inside the body.
The technique, called ballistic imaging, is highly accurate and cheaper than resorting to a conventional x-ray. The device is also low-risk and a lot less scary than it sounds.
“The ability to see a device’s location is crucial for many applications in healthcare, as we move forwards with minimally invasive approaches to treating disease.”
There isn’t yet word on when the device will be available to use commercially. However, considering the pace of current technological developments, I can’t assume it’ll take much longer.
Where medicine fails, food steps in. Due to its cancer-fighting properties, consumers and labs alike are investing in avocados. Schools are offering vegan menus to students who want to pursue a healthier and more variant lifestyle. In 2018, power snacking hasn’t nearly come to an end. Proven to improve memory retention and mood, curcumin, a vital ingredient in curry, is taking over as a new trend.
“Exactly how curcumin exerts its effects is not certain, but it may be due to its ability to reduce brain inflammation, which has been linked to both Alzheimer’s disease and major depression,” said Dr. Gary Small, director of geriatric psychiatry at UCLA’s Longevity Center.
Subjects on curcumin performed better in memory tests by a significant 28%. However, the limited study involved only 40 participants. UCLA hopes to repeat the experiment with a larger control group as well as study genetic risks.
“These results suggest that taking this relatively safe form of curcumin could provide meaningful cognitive benefits over the years,” Small concluded.
For those not too keen on the spice of curry bowls, turmeric tea may just get the job done.
In the past years, cancer treatments have flourished in abundance and effectivity. Experimental medications such as personalized vaccines and gene altering have made for smoother recoveries. At any rate, discovering such conditions remains tricky, if not for a simple blood test. The new method can detect eight common but evasive cancers.
“The sort of ultimate vision is that at the same time that you are getting your cholesterol checked when you are getting your annual physical, you will also get your blood screened for cancer,” said lead study author Joshua Cohen.
The test, CancerSEEK, sifts through cancer compounds that allow for early detection. It can even pinpoint cancers without current screening tests — that is, ovarian, stomach, esophageal, liver, and pancreatic. The process is a melting pot of new technologies such as artificial intelligence and algorithms.
“The test needs to be validated in a large-scale study that would evaluate tens of thousands of healthy individuals to confirm the sensitivity and specificity,” Cohen said.
Though CancerSEEK’s accuracy levels for early testing remain at 60%, it’s a step up from having no means of diagnosis to begin with. It’s a slow and steady affair that will hopefully, one day, win the race.
After a long day at work, I could always use a good bath bomb. LUSH is not only a cult favorite, but a leader in eco-conscious branding. Famous for its organic materials and edible (you heard that right!) packing peanuts, how much more sustainable can LUSH get? A lot more, apparently. In its latest stint, LUSH is now transforming plastic waste into packaging.
The company just partnered with Ocean Legacy Foundation to collect 27 tons of plastic from the ocean… That plastic waste is being converted by Urban Resource Group into plastic pellets. Those plastic pellets are then combined [with] other post-consumer waste to become the 100 percent recycled bottles and black pots that become home to your favorite products.
LUSH is notable for its love for the sea, donating proceeds from its shark fin-shaped soap to ocean conservation.
According to the brand, more than eight million tons of plastic are dumped in the ocean every year, five trillion individual pieces of plastic are estimated to be floating in our ocean, and more than a million seabirds and over 100,000 marine mammals die every year from plastic.
Alongside LUSH, the fashion industry is also putting trash to good use. Looks like some other brands have a lot of stepping up to do!