These recent medical breakthroughs will blow your mind! From a 3D printed ribcage to a woman who ually had a face transplant!r
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6. Artificial Windpiper
Hannah Warren became the youngest person to ever receive an artificial windpipe on April 9th, new. She was 2 and a half when her family decided to have the operation. Hannah was born with tracheal agenesis, which is a congenital disease where a child is born without a windpipe. The disease is normally fatal. Constructing the artificial windpipe themselves is amazing because it was made from a nanofiber mesh that is coated in her own tissue. The surgery was successful but, Hannah died a few months after the procedure due to several complications. Hannahs parents hope to have their daughter be an example of the need to progress stem-cell technology.r
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5. Polio Virus Treats Cancerr
Poliomyelitis or Polio is a disease that causes paralysis and it was cured in the 1950s. Polio may be the solution for some cancer patients now. The disease has recently been re-engineered to attack cancerous cells. The drug treats brain cancer and it works by stimulating the patients immune system so that it can fight the growth of tumors. The treatment doesnt have the FDAs approval yet but, the clinical trials have been extremely successful. The clinical trials show the tumors virtually disappearing when the polio was introduced. The patients that were chosen had a three-year timeline for survival and some of my patients were not so lucky. The researchers are just trying to find the right dosage from the injection so that they can avoid any more casualties with the disease. Researchers also believe that with some development, the drug could also be used to treat a wide array of cancers, not just brain cancer.r
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4. Amniotic Sac Birthr
This medical oddity is incredibly rare. It happens in one of every 80,000 babies. This baby was born in 2016 in Spain. He was ually a twin. His twin came out normally before him. The video was uploaded of the infant in his amniotic sac while nurses and doctors look on. Because of the rarity of this happening it is rarely caught on camera. The baby can be seen in the amniotic sac when it is born during a caesarean but, the sac is broken immediately by a scalpel. Sure, the staff taking this video seems a little irresponsible but, it is cool.r
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3. Artificial Ribcager
This artificial rib cage was made entirely from titanium and it is the first artificial 3D printed ribcage. The rib cage was implanted in new in a patient who had lost his sternum and pieces of four of his ribs when doctors removed a tumor from his chest. The implant was manufured on a 1.3 million dollar 3d printer that can be found in a government-owned lab. The implant is too complex to manufure using traditional methods but, for a complex and dangerous implant like this one, 3d printing is cheaper and safer. This type of prosthetic is probably only going to be used in extreme cases like this one. So we are not quite up to replace all of our skeletons with titanium.r
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2. Diabetic Cont Lensesr
Diabetic treatment has come a long way. Though most diabetics still go through the process of pricking their fingers to find out their glucose levels. Dr. Jun Hu at The University of Akron wants to create a cont lens that will re with your glucose levels and change colors to let you know what they are at. Kind of like a much more sophisticated mood ring for your eyes, the cont lens would re to outside stimuli and change color to reflect the reions it gets from you. This technology is way far off into the future but, it would revolutionize the treatment of diabetes and the sensing of prediabetes.r
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1.Genome Editingr
A lot of good things and bad things lie in our DNA. DNA testing can already be done to check for indicators of certain diseases and disorders. CRISPR-Cas9 is a new gene editing tool that allows scientists to edit or remove certain genes or gene sequences to do better research. The tool can help researchers study the effects of cancer of cancer and many other different genetic diseases in a controlled environment. Taking out or changing certain lines of DNA will enable scientists to examine the ripple effect that that will have on the genes surrounding it. Creating mutations have been costly and dangerous in the past but, this technology will make this more accessible. Right now, only non-reproductive cells can be changed right now as editing on the reproductives cells is illegal in many countries. Gene editing is being used prically right now mostly in animals but, it may one day become regular for human patients. Its unlikely that this technology will ever be used to create real life X-Men though.

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