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Technology That Saves Lives

Technological advances are abound and should always be utilized for the better good. They are the means which make lives easier for all men, women and children. As such, full support from all sectors should be established so that technology will be continuously developed; whether it be in the field of electronics, medicine, finance, agriculture, education or information technology. More technological advancements and innovations may spell the big difference as we all strive to move forward towards a better future.

The loss of a limb or any bodily function, for that matter, will make it hard for anyone to perform on her fullest capacity. Perhaps that is why top universities, hospitals and research facilities have been putting extra great effort when it comes to technological advances in health and medicine.  Let us look at the various innovations aimed towards saving and improving lives.

Perhaps you’ve heard of some of the more iconic sci-fi television series of old like “The Six Million Dollar Man” or “The Bionic Woman?” These TV series started making waves during the early 1970s’ for their futuristic approach on bionic technology, and using them to help people in need. Sequels to the present era like “Robocop” further popularized the use of technology to enhance the physical aspects of the body. Don’t be skeptical because these are not just a fiction of man’s imagination in today’s world; they have now become a reality.


When people go blind, it seems there is nothing much that one can do except going under the knife and do an eye transplant. But what if there is no available eye donor, or perhaps there’s a compatibility issue? Advancements in electronics and prosthesis may very well be the answer.

Dr. John Pezaris of Harvard Research has developed a system wherein electronic signals are processed from the visual information recorded by a camera. The signals are then sent to electrode implants embedded on the patient’s blind eye. Dr. Pezaris called this the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis; a system which is dependent on previous visual experience for better brain facilitation.


Bone tissue regrowth has been a constant puzzle for researchers and scientists since the early 1960s’. They have been working on proteins whose supposed to grow tissue to replace missing or damaged parts, but to no avail; either the bone grows in a different place, or it grows the wrong tissue type.

This is now a thing of the past. UCLA researchers has created a specially designed protein UCB-1 is now being used to trigger bone growth which can immobilize as well as fuse damaged sections.


Prosthetics has come a long way in the world of medicine. It has been put into practice perhaps since the 16th century BC Egypt.  But what is quite remarkable in today’s technology is that electronics created the means of communicating with the artificial limb using electrodes that send signals to the existing sensory nerves of the amputated limb. Thus, in a way, the replacement limbs can perform tasks which are closest to the original part.

These are but a few of how new technology can spell the difference in giving people a second chance in life.

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