J.D. Moyer

beat maker, sci-fi writer, self-experimenter

Sci-Fi Level Medical Advances, Part II (grow new teeth, cure baldness, take a vaccine to prevent heart attacks)

I'm a blogger, Jim, not a doctor!

I’m a blogger, Jim, not a doctor!

I like Rob Lowe’s character Chris Traeger on Parks and Recreation. “Medical science has predicted that the first man to live to be 150 years old has already been born,” he says. “I believe I am that man.” Or something to that effect.

In honor of supplement-popping longevity seekers everywhere, here’s my latest collection of recent medical advances that seem to come from the realm of science fiction. Part I is right here.

‘Master switch’ drug kills cancers

Gene Therapy Increase Mouse Lifespan by 24%

Liquid-Plumr for the circulatory system

Male Birth Control, 100% Effective and Reversible

Nanotech Dental Fillers Kill Bacteria and Regenerate Decayed Teeth

Grow New Teeth

Baldness cure could be on shelves in two years

Nanoparticle Completely Eradicates Hepatitis C Virus

New antibiotic cures disease by disarming pathogens, not killing them

New Drug Kills Cancer Cells Without Toxic Effects

Scientists Identify Gene Required for Nerve Regeneration

Vaccine to stop heart attacks could be here in 10 years

and this one just in, from reddit …

World’s smallest blood monitoring implant tells your smartphone when you’re about to have a heart attack

What do you think? Obviously not all of these will pan out and become effective treatments for human beings. But some probably will. We live in exciting times.

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7 Comments

  1. Interesting that Rob assumes the first human to live 150 years will be male.

  2. Actually he says “human being” — I got it wrong.

    http://youtu.be/mRFAOYofBqI

  3. Al Beeman

    I love this list of amazing things in the pipeline! Thanks, JD!
    al
    Hilo, HI

  4. Great post, J.D. Haven’t had time to read all the links yet, but will comment on the one in my area of expertise – Hepatitis C virus (HCV). No need to wait for the nanobots! Current therapies are already in the realm of nano-medicine. Consider the meter stick – 39″ – contains one billion nanometers. HCV cells measure 50 nanometers in diameter – you can literally fit thousands of them on the head of a pin. Current treatment (tx) protocol is pegylated interferon (IFN) and an anti-viral, ribavirin (RBV). IFN is a once a week sub-cu injection, RBV pills are taken twice a day. Now add one or the other of the two new drugs to the mix – protease inhibitors (pro’-tea-ace). Side effects from all of this? Certainly. But….cure rates (defined as no detectable virus six months after completion of tx) have gone from the 50% mentioned in your link to almost 90%, even for the most difficult to treat genotype – 1a. But wait – there’s more! If you call right now, you can get in line for the even newer drugs – polymerase inhibitors (poh-lim’-er-ace). Still in clinical trials, but will most likely be available within 12-18 months. Addition of protease inhibitors cut tx time for 1a’s from 48 weeks to 24 weeks (for most patients). Polymerase drugs will cut that time even shorter (12 wks?….less?) and will eliminate the need for the IFN shot, maybe even the RBV pills. Both of these new drug types actually seek out that tiny little virus cell, invade that cell, find the RNA chain and “snip” one molecule, rendering that cell incapable of replication. Wow! If there’s any interest here, I’d be happy to pass along some educational material I authored regarding infection with viral hepatitis. You’d be providing such a valuable service to your readers! It’s called the silent epidemic – everyone born between 1945 and 1965 needs to get tested! Trust me – chronic viral hepatitis infection gives the phrase “silent but deadly” a whole meaning.

  5. All these links to amazing leaps in science but all I can focus on is teeth! Why is something relatively non-essential so concerning to me? ><

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