Modern medicine has brought huge health benefits. Now researchers want to go further.
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The future of medicine
Modern medicine is affording people longer and healthier lives. But researchers want to take improvements in health even further. With advances in gene editing, technology to overcome paralysis and efforts to address high drug costs, the future of medicine is bright.
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Web searches, medical records and networks of local volunteers are enabling faster control of disease outbreaks.
Old drugs and new tricks keep researchers one step ahead of antibiotic resistance.
Gene editing is quietly revolutionizing the search for new drugs.
Technologies that restore movement and the sense of touch are helping people to overcome the physical effects of stroke and spinal-cord injury.
Innovative drugs have the potential to save lives worldwide — if they are affordable.
A more tolerant immune system could alleviate, or even prevent, autoimmune disorders such as type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis, as well as the rejection of transplanted organs.
The debilitating loss of muscle and strength that comes with age is being recognized as a disease that could be treated.
Altering the community of bacteria that live in the gut might help infants to thrive or even avoid conditions such as asthma and diabetes.
Although the benefits of reducing exposure to toxic chemicals are becoming clearer, the path from evidence to action is not straightforward.
A one-off injection to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease is now a prospect thanks to advances in gene editing.
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