Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2008

The Cleveland Clinic has unveiled its latest Top 10 Medical Innovations list, highlighting technologies that air max 95 pas cher are expected to have a big impact in 2008. Announced this week at the 2007 Medical Innovation Summit, the list was determined by a panel of Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists, and includes therapies for valvular heart disease, high cholesterol, and neurologic disorders.

The selected top 10 are:

10. Dual energy source computed tomography (CT) imaging: The dual source CT features two X-ray sources and two radiation detectors which allow for imaging of patients more quickly and with less radiation. The speed at which the dual-source scanner operates allows physicians image patients with high or irregular heart rates, which used to be significant limitation of this technology.

9. Engineered cartilage products for joint repair: The air max 95 pas cher use of biologic and engineering principles to design natural biomaterials that are used to replace joint cartilage tissue that is damaged from injury or arthritis. The materials are surgically implanted into the joint with the intent to restore the damaged cartilage and avoid artificial joint replacement.

8. Implanted device allowing neural control of objects by the severely disabled: Novel communication interfaces are being developed to provide the ability to control devices and to potentially restore limb movements to individuals with spinal cord injuries, stroke, ALS, as well as other central nervous system injuries. This interface system is designed to restore functionality for severely motor-impaired individuals.

7. Image fusion for diagnostic and therapeutic use: Used to diagnose medical problems, both anatomic and physiologic in nature, as well as to assist minimally invasive procedures – such as stent placement or tumor ablation.

6. Live attenuated influenza vaccine for children as young as six months: Nasal drops containing live attenuated flu can be used as a vaccine in lieu of needles, and provide effective protection from influenza for this high-risk population.

5. New oral anticoagulant drugs for air max 95 pas cher treating and prevent thrombosis: Newer anticoagulant treatments, which include low molecular weight heparins, are being introduced with the goal of curbing complications such as bleeding and thrombosis.

4. Convergence of advances in genome scanning and informatics to support clinical applications: Genetic testing that can be used to develop personalized risk assessments and disease management plans for variety of genetically caused diseases.

3. RNA-based therapeutics: This particular innovation uses RNA antisense technology to treat patients who are unable to reach their targeted cholesterol levels with statins alone or who are statin intolerant. The therapy is intended to reduce the production of ApoB-100, a protein that carries certain forms of cholesterol and triglycerides in the bloodstream.

2. Percutaneous aortic heart valves: For high-risk patients, a technique has been developed which involves inserting a new balloon expandable wire mesh valve with air max 95 pas cher internal valve leaflets. The valve is inserted through a groin or small chest wall incision and then fed up through a catheter into position with X-ray screening and the balloon inflated to secure the new valve.

1. Flexible intralumenal robotics: A novel catheter-based technology that allows precise remote manipulations within the intra-luminal space with precision and reproducibility, which would surpass human capabilities. This technology is likely to have applications in urology, cardiology, cardiac surgery and other specialties.

To be considered for the list, technologies had to be determined by the panel to have significant potential for short-term clinical impact, and a high probability of success. They also had to be either already on the market or close to being introduced, and had to have sufficient data available to support their nominations.

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