The American magazine Time published a ranking of the best inventions of 2023. The “Medical Care” section included 15 innovations, and in total the TOP included over 20 products and solutions related to health.
1. InVision microscope using short-wave infrared technology, which allows you to clearly see the lymph nodes against the background of surrounding fatty tissue. It is planned that the development will provide more accurate diagnosis of the stage of cancer.
2. Vaccines against respiratory syncytial virus, which annually leads to 240 thousand hospitalizations in the United States. There are several vaccines on the market from different pharmaceutical manufacturers, which were noted in the rating.
3. Dual-chamber leadless pacemaker Aveir DR from Abbott. Recently approved Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the device is inserted through a catheter and placed in each chamber of the heart. Similar to batteries, they synchronize with each other wirelessly using electrical impulses.
4. Luminopia Lazy Eye Therapy System in the form of a virtual reality headset that can display cartoons with different portions of the image shown to each eye that are blurred or “erased.” Children only need to use the headset for one hour a day, six days a week, and their vision can improve in just three months.
5. Smart capsule for constipation Vibrant, which works through vibration, stimulating nerve cells in the gastrointestinal tract. This helps trigger peristalsis.
6. icroTransponder’s Vivistim Paired VNS System, which is a breast implant that helps ischemic stroke survivors restore impaired motor function in the arms and hands by stimulating the nearby vagus nerve, the body’s “superhighway” of electrical signals. It is the first product for the treatment of strokes, earning it FDA breakthrough device designation.
7. Zurzuvae is the first tablet medication specifically designed to treat postpartum depression approved by the FDA this year.
8. Two tests developed by Thermo Fisher Scientific that, based on the concentration of certain biomarkers in a patient’s blood, can quickly predict whether a pregnant woman hospitalized with hypertension will develop severe preeclampsia over the next two weeks.
9. Ember Cube is a reusable container with built-in sensors that monitor the temperature of medical fluids and adjust settings accordingly using the company’s patented cooling system.
10. The drug Tzield from Provention Bio and Sanofi, which delays the symptoms of type 1 diabetes. The active ingredient of the drug is the monoclonal antibody teplizumab, which acts on the surface of immune T cells that destroy pancreatic cells. This reduces the autoimmune reaction. Treatment lasts 14 days and involves daily intravenous injections of teplizumab.
11. Mobile sterile mini-operating room SurgiField, which provides the necessary conditions for performing operations outside the hospital walls. The compact system fits in a backpack and can be deployed in a few minutes.
12. The drug Leqembi for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, produced by Eisai and Biogen.
13. A neural network that allows you to identify patients at risk from the point of view of developing sepsis.
14. Novo Nordisk’s Ozempic, Wegovy and Rybelsus, which are classified as semaglutides and are intended to treat type 2 diabetes.
15. The iLet portable artificial pancreas system uses insulin to reduce HbA1c without increasing the incidence of hypoglycemic conditions in adults and children with type 1 diabetes. It differs from other artificial pancreas systems on the market in that the user only needs to enter their body weight to start the operation. No preliminary calibration is required to switch to automatic mode. In 2019, the device received “revolutionary” status from the FDA.
In addition, the “Artificial Intelligence” section of the rating included ChatGPT-4, which is being widely tested for use in healthcare.
The category “Augmented and virtual reality” included pThe SurgicalAR platform is a holographic imaging tool that guides surgical navigation, helping reduce complications and improve patient outcomes while reducing the cost of surgery.
There are a lot of interesting things in the “Accessibility” category. For example, a smart cane for the elderly CAN with GPS, artificial intelligence and a fall prevention system, device functional electrical stimulation Cionic Neural Sleeve to help people with foot paresis and weakness of the leg muscles (helps them walkbe more confident) robotic toothbrush for people with disabilities Samba, smart bracelet for people with tremors Cala kIQ (sends electrical impulses from the wrist to the brain to reduce the physical effects of disruptions in the functioning of neurons and temporarily allow the wearer to do things like hold with greater ease cup), Naqi Earbuds, which are a “safe, non-invasive, versatile, invisible and silent command and control system” for use by paralyzed people.
The “Wellbeing” category also included a saliva pregnancy test.