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Medical Innovations You May Have Missed

Breakthrough treatments for strokes, burns, organ transplants, and more

March 2023

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Medicine took some big steps forward over the past year.

A team of researchers in Pennsylvania found that sending electric stimulation to the spinal cord can help paralyzed stroke victims regain motion in their limbs.i Some patients continued seeing benefits as much as a month after receiving treatment.

Another breakthrough: Scientists studying animals found a way to extend the period where organs are viable to transplant. If it works in humans, it could significantly increase the organ supply and help the more than 6,000 Americans a year who dieii while awaiting transplants.iii

The past year also saw the approval of a number of new medicines and technologies.

The FDA cleared a topical ointment that treats second- and third-degree burns.iv The cream works by harmlessly removing dead tissue — a task that usually requires surgery otherwise.

The agency also approved a new type of contact lens that releases medicine into the eyes.v Over the course of 12 hours, the lenses dispense an antihistamine to relieve itchiness and dryness while also correcting poor vision. The technology could soon be used to treat cataracts, glaucoma, and other eye conditions.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

  1. Researchers determined that stimulating the spinal cord can help paralyzed stroke victims regain mobility.
  2. A new technology that keeps organs viable longer could help alleviate the transplant crisis.
  3. The FDA approved a topical ointment to treat burns and contact lenses that dispense allergy medicine.

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