According to experts, we should expect to see some major health discoveries in the next few years. There were incredible discoveries last year that may give us a preview of what is to come in 2013. Here are a few of the recent discoveries that may provide insight in more discoveries to come.
1. Cures for Hepatitis
Researchers have recently had a breakthrough in Hepatitis C treatment. The medication, Incivek, has been recently approved by the F.D.A. and has caused the cure rate to nearly double. This research was conducted at the Alamo Medical Research Center in San Antonio. Eight out of the ten patients who took the Hepatitis C medication were cured. This is an exceptional discovery that is expected to help many people this year. In the future, patients hope there is a cure for Hepatitis B and other similar diseases.
2. Cures for Cancer
The most common form of cancer is skin cancer. This drug, Erivedge, was approved by the FDA to treat any skin cancer that is not suitable for radiation or surgery. This was a significant development since no drug has been approved up until this point.
In the future, we hope that advancements made with drugs will provide a cure of all forms of cancer. Metformin is a drug that has been traditionally used to treat diabetes. The drug has also been shown to prevent cancer. The drug is low cost and has the potential to save many lives.
3. Cures for STDs
Truvada reduces the risk of HIV infection in high-risk groups and was approved by the FDA. Many people hope this drug will improve the chances of a cure that can eliminate the STD like other curable STDs. HIV and other STD cures, such as the new strain of gonorrhea and herpes, are what we all hope for this year.
4. Gender Tests for Expecting Moms
This year, experts are hoping to use a blood test to reveal the sex of an unborn baby after the first trimester. South Korea is currently conducting this research and is hoping for a breakthrough soon.
These health discoveries are expected to bring better health to many people’s lives. People should continue to hope for cures and discoveries to help people have a better quality of life that is disease-free.
Author Bio: Annette Hazard is a blogger that has written on a variety of topics such as health and is promoting new biological compound microscopes. She is also an avid runner and cyclist.