Building on current nanotechnologies, bio-technologies and information provided by the human genome project, we are advancing at incredible speed into a new era of medicine. Instead of trial and error health care, future diagnosis and treatment will be based on a person’DNA profile. The current development of an ultrasound device the size of a USB size stick that appends to a smart phone will allow internal tissues and organs to be monitored remotely from anywhere in the world subject to a mobile phone signal. Diabetics will be able to monitor their sugar levels simply by looking at the changes in the color of their special eye contact lenses where the nano coating interacts with glucose molecules found in tears. Surgery will be routinely done by robots under the direction of a surgeon nearby or distant – the other side of the world if need be. Microchips will be placed inside the brain to take over a lost or aberrant function to be controlled by a person’s own mind. Multi-modality machines will act like GPS systems and pinpoint the position of a medical condition, especially cancers, identifying and measuring the biochemical and biophysical molecules involved. Damaged or broken limbs will be replaced by limbs grown in the laboratory using stem cell technology. Your home and clothing will monitor your medical condition. As for artificial wombs, they are already technically feasible though their development has been suspended while the ethical implications are considered. Welcome to the dawn of a new age of precision health care tailored to every person’s unique profile.
• Keep aware of modern medical innovations. But remember using cutting edge technologies may be dangerous. By all means take full advantage of new innovative developments. However if time permits it may be wiser to wait awhile until the new procedure builds-up a solid reputation based on successful reliability.
• Ensure your doctor and local med center are fully conversant and experienced in utilizing the latest equipment.
• Seek a second opinion.
• Accept that your local med-center may not have the full range of...