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Where will medicine be 20 years from now

In today’s technological age, it seems advancements in all fields leap forward by the day. Medical technology certainly hasn’t been left out of the loop, and some of the breakthroughs in modern medicine have been quite revolutionary and had a huge impact. But where will the field of medicine be in 20 years from now? What major advancements are waiting just around the next corner? In this article we will consider just two of the biggest technologies that are emerging over the horizon.

Electronic Implants

We have computers everywhere these days, but it’s not just the ones on our desks that we use to surf the net. We have computer chips in washing machines and just about all of our other appliances too. In the realm of science fiction (all too often a prediction of future science) we have seen technologically enhanced humans with superhuman abilities but what if those technologies were real and used for medical purposes?
Scientists have been working for years on implementing a special kind of microchip known as a “neuroprosthetic chip” that can be implanted into the brain. This chip helps to decipher signals in the brain when the brain itself cannot, and to trigger the appropriate responses. For example, the chip could help to control epileptic seizures, or help a patient suffering with paralysis to control prosthetic limbs with thought alone.

Stem Cell Research

One of the most talked about areas of medical technology today is stem cell research. With the first human trials currently taking place to determine the safety of human treatment, stem cell technology may not be too far away. The basis of stem cell therapy is regenerative: stem cells help the body to form new cells and generate tissue. If we can harness the power of stem cells for medical use, we may be able to cure paralysis, blindness, heart disease and diabetes, treat stroke patients and repair damaged organs and tissues, helping the body to regenerate and cure itself. Some people are even optimistic that stem cell research could lead to curing cancer!
Stem cell research has been the subject of much controversy. The needed stem cells are actually taken from embryos developed using IVF techniques as there are often surplus embryos and these are donated for scientific use. The stem cells gathered in this way are generic and have no predetermined cell type, which enables scientists to force the stem cells to become a specific, needed type of cell that can be injected into a patient in need of them. The embryos are only a few days old and about the size of a full stop (period), but there are many who think that stem cell research is just plain wrong; that it is “playing God” with an unborn child. This may all change as new research shed light on the ability to use adult stem cells, but only time will tell.


Nanotechnology, especially nanomedicine, are advancing significantly day by day. Nanoparticles are being already used in many products (mainly in cosmetics), but other spheres such as pharmaceutics and general medicine are slowly applying nanotechnology standards.
Nanomedicine, along with stem cells research, will probably change the way the world sees medicine. Many experts predict that it will change everything.

This was just a brief look at what the future of medicine may hold for us, but with these and many more exciting technologies rapidly emerging that future certainly looks bright.

Best of nanomedicine in 2008

Nanomedicine is a very exciting and much-explored field of nanotechnology, and many scientists and researchers are constantly working on various projects. That’s why there have been many interesting studies, stories and research in the year behind us.

We have compiled a list of five most viewed stories that were published on NanomedicineCenter.com. Enjoy.

1. Biotech stocks hold enormous investment promise in 2009

2. Revolutionary device which costs $100 treats cancer

3. Nanodevice detects drugs in saliva

4. Nanotechnology and dental implants

5. How to prevent foot odour

Stem cells and bone marrow: CHXA

Are you interested in stem cells? Bone marrow? Would you like to know the latest news regarding these subjects? Want to learn more about types of stem cells and bone marrow? Chxa.com is the right place for you.

Chxa.com is a website which offers you with everything mentioned above and more. Latest news, written in simple language in order to be understandable for everyone, touch all topics surrounding stem cells and bone marrow, transplantation and much more.

There is also a ‘Encyclopedia’ category where you can read some interesting things about various processes that happen, and are connected with stem cells and bone marrow.

If you’re interested, you are more than welcome to visit us. See you there!

The International NanoScience Community

The International NanoScience Community (http://www.nanopaprika.eu) is a website founded in November 2007. It is totally dedicated to the worldwide NanoScience community. You can share your stuff with the world here: photos, videos, art, thoughts, discussions — everything that’s got to do with nano.

András Paszternák is the creator and editor of The International NanoScience Community. András is a chemistry PhD student in Budapest, Hungary. The community started by focusing on the Hungarian audience, but then turned global. The community currently contains more than 950 members, researchers, students, industrial partners from Europe, India, USA and 50 other countries.

The community is fully equiped with various functions like chat, scientific forum, 26+ thematic groups (SPM, nanotoxicity, etc), photos, videos, e-shop, games and so on. Hence, it’s definitely a good website for members to discuss, share infomation and develop ideas.