Futuristic Medicine that Can Change Your Life

Oral Cancer

Dentist Dr. Jay Grossman says that early detection of oral cancer begins in the dentist chair.

Bionic Limb
Twenty years ago, at age 16, Telisa had to have her forearm amputated because of a tumor. She was recently fitted with an iLimb, the most advanced bionic prosthetic.

Randall Alley, prosthetist and CEO of BioDesigns, the company that created iLimb, explains how it works. When an individual tightens his or her muscles, the neuromuscular signals generate electrical impulses, which are read by the computer embedded in the artificial limb and power the five individual digits of the iLimb.

Telisa says the iLimb has improved her life. “It gives me my hand back!” she says and shakes E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork’s hand.

See the iLimb in action!

Nao Robot
Meet Nao, a robot providing a revolutionary treatment for autistic children. Manufactured by Aldebaran Robotics in France, the small robot is capable of autonomic movement, face and voice recognition and is equipped with extensive programming to support and facilitate social interaction.

A pervasive developmental disorder, autism refers to a group of ailments that cause delays in the development of basic skills. Most children afflicted with autism have difficulty relating to other people and understanding social cues, such as facial expressions and body language.

Common symptoms of the disorder include loss of skill sets such as talking, slowed language development, odd movements such as hand flapping and toe walking, repetitive behavior, anxiety, a high pain threshold, difficulty relating to others and a lack of eye contact and response to vocal commands.

The Nao robot provides predictable and repetitive behaviors, which in turn improves a child’s social interaction skills with people.

Cedric Vaudel, manager of Aldebaran Robotics, says the Nao robot can understand its environment, pick itself up, negotiate its way around objects and is capable of advanced functionality. “Everything is possible, it’s just a matter of imagination.”

Check out Nao’s moves!

Learn more about the warning signs of autism.  

Bionic Pancreas

Bionic Pancreas Dr. Aaron Kowalski from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation discusses the future of a bionic pancreas, which is still in development.

Learn more about diabetes.

Chronic Pain Treatment
Adam, a 27-year-old former soldier, was in a parachuting accident a year ago. Despite multiple surgeries and physical therapy sessions, Adam suffered from intense chronic pain.

“I was on five different pain medications a day, including methadone, Vicodin and Valium,” Adam recounts. “My pain level, on a scale of one to 10, was a 12. I couldn’t make it from my bed to the couch without wanting to just sit down and cry.”

He found relief when he had an Eon device implanted in his lower back. The Eon implant is a mini-neurostimulator, a small device implanted just below the skin that emits electrical stimuli into the spinal cord. The stimuli can mask or inhibit the body’s ability to relay pain signals up the spinal cord to the brain.

“This [device] really has changed the game as far as the war on pain goes,” pain management specialist Dr. Stephen Siwek says.

Adam was the first person to have an Eon device implanted and reports his pain has dissipated so much that he’s skydiving again!

Hyperbaric Oxygen Chambers for Pets
Hyperbaric chambers deliver oxygen to the body at a higher concentration and higher pressure than normal, which increases the level of oxygen in the blood and can promote healing. New technology and specially designed chambers allow small and large pets to receive the same medical benefits as humans.

Conditions Helped by Hyperbaric Chambers:

• Wound healing
• Burns
• Osteomyletis (bone infection)
• Colic
• Skin grafts
• Necrosis (tissue death)

SpaceBall Showdown

Plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon and pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears square off in a game designed to train NASA astronauts for space travel.

Sinus Relief

Sinusitis, or the inflammation of the nasal sinuses, is caused by viruses, bacteria and allergens. Symptoms of infection include headaches, congestion, postnasal drip and discomfort.

Otolaryngologist Dr. Brian Weeks performs a sinus stent procedure, a sinoplasty technique, on Anja, a 44-year-old flight attendant, who has suffered from sinus pain for years. The stents dilate the nasal passages and deliver drugs to the affected areas. The stents are removed in a doctor’s office 28 days later.

“I think of it as basically cardiology in the nose,” Dr. Weeks says. “Cardiologists have been [using stents] for years.”

Anja reports that her sinus pain is gone and she feels great.


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OAD 3/11/10