Ike Skelton stated that, “Modern medical advances have helped millions of people live longer, healthier lives. We owe these improvements to decades of investment in medical research.” Through time, determination, and dedication our society has been able to fight back against those diseases, disorders, cancers, and other illnesses which have struck down millions for generations. Just in the past year alone medicine has come leaps and bounds.
HIV is considered deadly and is at epidemic proportions in some areas of the world, yet in the last year scientists have been able to strip the harmful material from the genetic makeup of HIV and use it to successfully treat children with genetic disorders. Essentially taking a horrific disease and using it to save lives. This alone is an excellent example of the advances that have been made not only in medicine itself, but in the technology which allows doctors and scientists to create such processes successfully.
Vaccines that can be given without a needle is another exciting new advance that is on the medical horizon; by using a special disc where the vaccine is mixed with tiny projections of sugar doctors will soon be able to administer live saving vaccines without the discomfort of needles.
Not only is the technology advancing at a rapid rate, medical philanthropy has also come a long ways. Philanthropists, such as Jason Hope, are actively encouraging medical funding and research around the globe, and creating awareness for disorders, diseases, and the like which were previously unheard of. In the early 1990’s the co-found of Home Depot started the Marcus Autism Center. He brought recognition to a disorder which effects approximately 1 of every 88 children. Prior to his encouragement and dedication Autism was a little known disorder.
Michael Fox is another well-known philanthropist who has helped advance awareness and research for Parkinson’s disease. The Ice Bucket Challenge which has swept social media and even received celebrity notoriety for ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is another excellent example of how one individual who is determined can spread information and education about a condition, thus encouraging more research funding, media attention, and overall awareness.
Medicine and all the fields connected to it are advances at a rapid rate. Every day new findings are discovered, and no matter how small and insignificant they are that day, together with other research , they can help continue to improve people’s lives.