Greatest Medical Inventions

5 Greatest Medical Inventions of All Time

Health is Wealth.

You must agree with me on that.

From old times to now, there has been multiple medical inventions which brought the complete revolution in the medical industry.

Earlier due to a highly communicative diseases, a large number of people used to die. But in the recent times, there has been multiple life saving inventions which has were highly needed.

In this post, I will be listing out few of such greatest inventions.

Greatest Medical Inventions

1. Anesthesia

Anesthesia was invented in the late 19th century which came out to be very important part of the medical era. The very first Anesthesia, that got discovered was nothing but the Cocaine.

Anesthesia Invention

Earlier’s Anesthetics had negative impacts on the body but today’s Anesthetics are completely safe and effective.

2. X-Ray

Will you believe the fact that the X-ray was discovered by mistake?

Yes, you have to.

In 1895, Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen invented the X-rays by experimenting with the Cathode ray tubes. He later took the X-ray of his wife’s hand in which only bones and wedding rings were visible and not the flesh.

X-rays

X-rays are also known as Röntgen rays. Röntgen received Nobel Prize in 1901 for his greatest of all time invention – X-Ray.

3. Insulin

Insulin is another life saving invention which keeps your blood sugar in control. If was first invented in 1921 by the group of some scientists from the University of Toronto.

Insulin

Insulin was probably the World’s first useful drug invention. Leonard Thompson (14 years) was the first in the World to receive Insulin as he was in Diabetic coma.

4. Penicillin

Penicillin is another drug which was invented by accident. Alexander Flaming, the inventor, has invented this savior drug in 1928.

Penicillin

This anti-bacterial invention of Fleming now treats a number of viral and bacterial infections.

5. DNA

DNA stands for Deoxyribo Nucleic Acid. It is used to analyze the physical attributes of the living organisms. DNA plays an important role in the field of IVF and forensics.

DNA

The modern DNA was first developed by the Francis Crick and James Watson and later they received Nobel prize for this invention.

Cancer Patient Treatment Using Oncological Hyperthermia

Cancer Treatment Using Oncological Hyperthermia

What is Oncological Hyperthermia?

It is a modern medical therapy whose main objective is to enhance the action of traditional treatments such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy against malignant tumors. It consists in elevating the temperature in a controlled manner in a certain area of ​​the body, where the patient’s tumor is lodged, to reduce the surviving fraction of malignant cells.

Cancer Patient

Benefits of Oncological Hyperthermia over Radiotherapy

The effect of radiotherapy is based on damaging cellular DNA through different mechanisms, both direct and indirect, through the creation of free oxygen radicals. Well, the heat of oncological hyperthermia plays a key role in improving the performance of these mechanisms, mainly in two ways. On the one hand, DNA repair is impeded. And, on the other hand, the perfusion is increased, thus increasing the presence of oxygen for the development of free radicals.

Therefore, oncological hyperthermia is based on increasing the effectiveness of radiotherapy without exposing patients to additional toxicity levels. Thus, the combined use of hyperthermia and radiotherapy has a wide range of advantages; increases tumor control with a lower dose of radiation therapy.

Types of Oncological Hyperthermia Treatment

The main treatments of oncological hyperthermia are:

– Deep local hyperthermia, located in the tumor, combined mainly with radiotherapy.

– Total body hyperthermia, consisting of an increase in the overall body temperature, causing an activation of the immune system.

– Oncological hyperthermia is indicated to treat superficial tumors (such as melanomas, epitheliomas, skin metastases, etc.) and deep tumors (cancer of the colon, larynx, breast, esophagus, pancreas, rectum, etc.).

Cancer Treatment

Its use and scientific evidence are supported by the Spanish Society of Radiation Oncology (SEOR).

The oncological hyperthermia, considered the fourth pillar in the treatment against cancer, is an enhancing complement of radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatments, achieving important therapeutic synergies thanks to the combined effect of the increase in temperature and the application of conventional treatment.

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