It is possible that some day radical, new treatments might heal and protect nearly every organ in the body.
Eyes: With the kind of research that is presently in progress, there is a distinct possibiliy that the discovery of new treatments might help arrest the aging process, in the way of bionic retinas, consisting of silicon microchips that could convert light into electrical impulses and restore partial light to some blind patients. Early trial results, in this regard, are encouraging.
Brain: Researchers are trying to develop drugs that could block ithe buildup of plaque between nerve cells. Scientists are under the impression that Alzheimer is caused by plaque buildup and are confident that within five to seven years, there could be new drugs that could have the potential of slowing or even reversing the disease. Brain pacemakers, inplanted in the chest, could send electrical impulses deep within the brain that could help reduce stiffness and shaking of Parkinson’s disease.
Lungs: Lab-cultivated genes could replace genetic material, damaged or missing in lung cancer patients. These are injected in the bloodstreams, so that faulty DNA could self-destruct. Trials are set to begin soon.
Pancreas: A drug that could enable diabetic patients to produce their own insulin.
Blood: A drug that could prevent gene mutation that is responsible for a lethal form of leukemia. Human trials are in progress.
Heart: As an alternative to donor hearts, artificial hearts made of titanium and plastic is presently on the scientific horizon.
Legs: Application of proteins that could bring about new cell growth, helping broken bones, such as the tibia, to heal faster,
Foot: Foot ulcers could be cured by bioengineered human tissue, preventing amputations.
Spinal cord: After injecting white white blood cells into a woman’s spinal cord, she regained some sensation and movement in her paralyzed legs.
Bladder: Botox injections that are used for erasing facial wrinkles appear to treat overactive bladders. In a particular study, it was found that it even helped reduce incontinence.
Breast: DNA chips might help identify breast tumors and are presently being tested by researchers.
In this age of scientific miracles, nothing seems impossible, as long as science and technology keep advancing.