Source: Is humanity on cusp of the next medical revolution? – The National. Doctors speak of excitement at rapid advances.
From the herbs and clay in prehistoric times, to the first display of modern anaesthesia in the mid-nineteenth century, and the first organ transplant in 1954, medical care has improved throughout history.
But with the rapid development of artificial intelligence, and as scientists continue to develop their understanding of disease, humanity is on the cusp of a new medical revolution, a string of experts have told The National.
Hundreds of new innovations were on display at the week-long Arab Health conference in Dubai – one of the largest medical trade fairs in the world – from virtual reality training simulators for operations to robot surgeons.
Rapid advancements mean that even cancer, believed to cause around 10 million deaths per year, will soon a condition that can almost always be managed, Gareth Goodier, who has decades of experience running some of the world’s leading hospital groups, believes.
“I fully expect within the next 10 years cancer will become a chronic disease as HIV has become,” Dr Goodier said. “The reason I’m still engaged in this, when a lot of my peers are retired or taken portfolio careers on boards, is sheer excitement. There are so many exiting things and being connected to the guys that do that, it’s so inspirational.”
As well as treatment of conditions, huge strides are being made in diagnosis. Last year, a large-scale trial into use of breath tests to detect cancers got under way, while further into the future, toilets could make diagnosis of a wide variety to conditions by analysing excrement.
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