At www.cnn.com you can see their top picks for the most innovative medical developments of 2009. Here are the top 5:
5. NeuroStar’s Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy system.
Used for treatment of depression, the unit pulses magnetic fields into a patient’s prefrontal cortex, which is the area of the brain that regulates mood, to stimulate those neurons and increase the number of mood-enhancing chemicals that can be produced.
4. Wooden Bones.
Developed in Italy, researchers have found that certain types of wood, including red oak, have a spongy texture that very closely resembles bone. Doctors plan to use small fragments of these wood sources to help stimulate a bone repairing process.
3. The Lyric hearing aid.
Using no battery, the implantable is simply changed out 3-4 times a year.
2. The Electric Eye.
This device uses a newly developed microchip that is implanted into the patient’s eye. Working in conjunction with a special pair of glasses equipped with a tiny camera that can transmit images to the chip and from the chip to the brain, blind people can regain partial eyesight. Users are able to recognize faces, see shadows and navigate a room without assistance.
1. H1N1 vaccine.
Perhaps most impressive is the fact that is took only five months from the time the first case was detected to the time the first clinical trial was performed.