#2. Medical Invention of 2013: Bariatric Surgery to Treat Diabetes
Weight-loss surgery has been a lifesaver for the clinically obese who simply could not control their eating habits. Doctors began noticing a side effect of weight-loss surgeries such as LapBand and Gastric Bypass is the ability of Type 2 diabetes patients to fully reverse their degenerative disease. A recent study published in New England Journal of Medicine compared diabetic patients that only received lifestyle counseling and medications to patients treated with only bariatric surgery and discovered the latter ( bariatric surgery recipients) were much more likely to eliminate their diabetes while simultaneously lowering their blood pressure and cholesterol. Experts believe that this surgery might offer an alternative to stem cell therapy for diabetes which is currently the only other successful treatment for type 2 diabetes today.
#1 Medical Invention of 2013: Migrane Treatment Using Neuromodulation Therapy
Patients with moderate to severe headaches and migraines may have a solutions in 2013. Scientists have developed a a small almond-sized implant that can permanently block pain receptors without the continual user of drugs. The nerve stimulating device works though placing a small device in the upper gums that patients can activate through a remote control anytime they feel a migraine coming on. Recent studies showed that nearly 70% of patients that suffer from cluster headaches and migraines responded positively to the neuromodulation therapy. Instant pain relief with fewer headaches may be the most practical medical invention for 2013 with the ability to bring relief to millions of people around the world.
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