Biomedical Technology : The Future Of Medicine

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Biomedical Technology: The Future of Medicine

Tori Kocsis

Richland High School

This paper explores emerging technologies and innovations created by biomedical engineers to help improve the medical industry, despite even the worst critics beliefs. Target drugs specifically deliver medications to specific parts of the body to aid in tackling diseases such as asthma, diabetes, and cancer. Synthetic body parts help millions of patients restore damaged functionality to allow them to manage less painful lives. Bioengineers use silk to restore tissues, three-dimensional scans to create
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One of the first target drugs developed by biomedical engineers was to tackle asthma. Omalizumab first gained approval by the Food and Drug Association in 2004. The highly effective inhaled medication increases the amount of open airways for those who experience asthma due to extreme allergies. By providing relief in the lungs, patients 12 and older report drastic decreases in amounts of coughing, wheezing, and breathlessness (“Health,” 2004).
Similarly, researchers are developing pills capable of improving the lives of diabetics. As a member of the TR100, Anthony Lowman, a professor at Drexel University, used his knowledge in both medicine and polymers to produce an insulin target drug for type one diabetics. Still in medical testing, his hydrogel pills packed with ordinary insulin are capable of
BIOMEDICAL TECHNOLOGY 4 replacing needle injections. Lowman ensures his polymer-based hydrogels will surpass the stomach’s powerful enzymes despite critic’s concerns (Jonietz, 2003). The gelatinous-like pills contain insulin-carrying pores specifically designed only to release insulin in the presence of the small intestine’s high pH level (Jonietz, 2003). Likewise, Afrezza is an inhaled form of insulin specifically for patients with type two diabetes mellitus. The dry powder combination of Technosphere microparticles and ordinary insulin was
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