In The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot presents study cases, such as the study of vaccines and the polio vaccine to prove that HeLa cells have benefitted science for the greater good. The benefits of HeLa cells are shown when the Polio and HPV vaccine is talked about. The polio vaccine benefitted the human race by saving lives and impacted science by progressing further studies. Further studies included the HPV vaccine which gave scientists a vast knowledge on how cancer forms and how it is inserts insert into DNA. It is later proven that the study of Virology is the cause of scientists advanced experimentation with cancer and expanded their boarders with the topic.
Lastly, vitamin D deficiency has been linked to the recurrence of breast cancer in other parts of a woman 's body. Advancements in prostate cancer include new research in gene changes that will help understand how the cancer develops. Some hereditary genes that have specific components of the DNA have been found to actually increase the risk of cancer in men. Many scientists have discovered that substances in some foods aid in lowering the risk of contracting the cancer. Lastly, a new treatment made is high intensity focused ultrasound or HIFU, which is used to kill cancer cells in early stages by using high focus ultrasonic
In 2007, there was a study conducted that used buckyballs to get medication into cancer cells. They did this by creating proteins that could attach to the cell membrane of a cancer cell and then push through. Similar to how a virus is able to get into a cell, scientists were able to make buckyballs do the same thing. The only downfall about buckyballs is that they are expensive to make and therefore, have not found much use. However, their main use is for research right now and as companies find ways to make then cheaper.
The goal of stem cell research is in understanding the human development and treating chronic diseases. Indeed, some supporters state that stem cell research will pave the way for “regenerative medicine,” in which the tissues and organs that deteriorate with age will be replaced with new ones created from stem cells (Dresser, 2010). According to this group, interventions advanced through stem cell research will substantially extend the human life span. Should extending the average U.S. life span be a precedence in research funding decisions? Would it be more defensible to give conditions that cause premature death a higher priority?
The method of merely drawing blood is largely less invasive than entering the women’s pelvic cavity. DNA blood tests for cancer screening Developments are also in the works for blood testing to be done to shed light on DNA that things such as cancerous tumors may shed into a human’s blood stream. These would be known as “liquid” biopsies, as opposed to a biopsy from actual human tissue, or a CT scan. (4) Completely Noninvasive Data Acquisition X-rays are one of the most useful, common medical techniques that allow hard tissues and bones to be displayed on a photographic plate. This form of non-invasive medical procedure has been around since the late 1800s.
Globally, scientists are turning to stem cell research as the most promising step to curing many of the harshest diseases and conditions including cancer, Alzheimer’s, stroke, paralysis and many more. Stem cells are useable as a replacement for damaged cells because of their self renewing properties. Their form allows them to act as other types of cells and regenerate as a substitute for the affected cells or as a way of testing new medications. Stroke related disabilities alone account for more than 1.2 million people and millions more are impacted by other cell related disabilities making stem cell research an essential pursuit in order to make strides in medicine (Cunningham 368). However, the success of researchers has been limited as the
With human cloning scientists could make many advancements in the world of medicine. Patients dealing with organ failure could quickly and easily replace their organs with cloned human organs (“Human Cloning”). The method of cloning has also been used to make vaccines and hormones (“Pro-human”). “Cloning techniques have already led to the inexpensive production of the hormone insulin for treating diabetes and of growth hormones for children who do not produce enough hormones for normal growth” (“Pro-human” ). Scientists can also use clone antibodies to attack disease-causing cells.
Chemotherapy is the most common treatment for leukaemia patients; this process is often used to remove their bodies of the infected cells so that normal blood cell production can be restored. This is what sends the disease into remission but if this method fails we turn to the stem cell transplant which gives the patient a bigger and better shot at a full and speedy recovery. Cord blood stem cells are less likely due to reject a transfusion, this is due to the fact that there will be a better chance of a perfect match between the patient and the cord blood because the stem cells are still immature. Cord blood stem cells have been utilised successfully to treat more than seventy different diseases such as cancers, blood disorders and immune deficiencies. Doctors recommend that patients do not use their own stem cells to treat or fight off a disease as their body could be producing the wrong stem cells that will complicate things and have the same defect on the body.
Originally, some diseases wiped out thousands upon thousands but today society has eliminated those threats. For a growing society, technology in medicine is necessary to fulfill its demands and to create a better future for mankind. Just this year at the State of the Union, Obama announced that Biden, the Vice President, is taking over the research for a cure to cancer and it would receive complete funding. Therefore organizations and research labs dedicated to finding a cure for cancer will have unlimited funding for whatever they require. Additionally, technology allows doctors easier access to databases to correctly diagnose a patient and find previous records.
Furthermore, the likelihood that a few patients built up a dementia other than AD cannot be ruled out; the NINCDS-ADRDA criteria have a high affectability however a direct specificity (Modrego, Ferrández, 2004). I wished the study talked more about how the findings could be used in the future to help eradicated dementia. In addition, I wish the study talk more about new and improved treatment plans that could be developed using the study as the