Impossible Challenges The Medical Industry Will Face In The Next Few Years
By Features Desk
Sunday, January 15, 2017.
There are always hurdles for businesses and industries, but none quite like the challenges faced by the medical industry. In fact, it’s fair to say that those working in modern medicine struggle to save lives every day. We’re not just talking about the doctors seeing patients or the nurses performing CPR. No, we mean those behind the scenes struggling with research that could, with the right support, change everything. Did you know there is a chemical made from berries in the amazon rain forest that obliterates cancer cells? If you don’t believe this have a look at https://www.thesun/news/1640943/cancer-drug. The facts are there, the treatment is available, so why is it not being used. Well, it’s related to one of the many challenges in the medical industry and we’re going to look at a few of the others. Medicine is constantly evolving and the answer to some of these problems could be just around the corner. Right now though, the struggle is real and it’s one being fought by doctors and medical pros across the world.
Dementia On The Rise
Last year, dementia was the number one cause of death in the UK beating cancer by a mile. By 2025 the number of people with dementia is expected to grow dramatically. Unfortunately, researchers are still unsure of what causes the condition and while the development of the disease can be delayed, it can’t be stopped completely. This is a serious issue that doctors are fighting with right now. It’s becoming even more important due to the fact that the population of people over 60 across the world is steadily growing. At this age, the disease becomes significantly more common and depending on the stage it can destroy quality of life.
Currently, there is a drug being tested that seems to have an effect on the condition. You can read about that on http://www.sciencealert.com/new-alzheimer-s-treatment-fully-restores-memory-function. Many researchers have even heralded it as a cure. However, it’s too soon to tell whether this will hold to be true. It might be that like other treatments the drug reduces development without ceasing it.
Researchers are currently pushing for more funding to be focused on exploring the causes of dementia and possible solutions. Many doctors hope that with further funding they can stop the disease becoming more prevalent in the elderly population.
Cancer: The Killer Conundrum
It seems that no matter how much money we put into cancer research the disease still grows stronger. A new report has revealed that half the population currently living in the UK will develop cancer at some point during their life. As such, despite best efforts, the disease seems to be a bigger issue than ever.
That said, there are exciting research developments and treatments on the horizon. If you have a look at a site such as www.herabiolabs.com/assays-services/in-vivo-solutions/cancer-xenografts/ you can see an example of this type of research. Working with businesses like this, medical practices may be able to get a better understanding of the disease leading to more effective treatments. Right now, the fight against cancer rages on and while it might seem melodramatic to describe it as war, for health professionals, that’s exactly what it is. Unfortunately, there’s another issue that is creating havoc in the medical industries.
Rise Of The Pharmaceutical Machines
The pharmaceutical machines that we refer to are the massive medical industries that are more like industries factors than health centres. The developers of drugs and treatments often have hospitals and doctors on a leash. They decide how much they sell treatments for and they push up the prices of life saving treatment. As such, there really is a price on certain people’s lives and it’s a cost that many individuals just can’t afford to pay. In fact, medicine for hospitals and clinics can cost millions because the pharmaceutical sector is a billion dollar industry.
In fact many pharmacies even now act as lobbyists for congress, ensuring that the bills they want passed get through. They have an incredible about of power and it’s very difficult to find a solution to this problem. The demand for the drugs provided by these companies will always be there which means costs are always going to be high.
Booming Populations, Elongated Life Expectancy
Then there’s the increased pressure on hospitals, clinics and all medical practices. Currently, the population of the world is approaching 7.5 billion. That’s around 1.5 billion over what the world can healthily sustain which is the true reason for poverty as well as famine. For the medical industry this means higher numbers of patients and not enough staff or resources to cope with the growing demand. By 2025, it’s possible that the world population will have exceeded eight billion. Doctors will need to find a way to deal with huge patient numbers while still providing a high quality of care.
The answer here is arguably going to be automation. Patients will be treated, diagnosed and seen automatically using AI and robotics rather than doctors themselves. In the most simplistic form, this is already starting to happen. If you call for a doctor's appointment this year, you might be offered a video consultation or phone call instead.
Organs And Blood Shortages
Organ donation limitations and blood shortages have always been a problem but they have never quite been this severe. The bottom line is that not enough people are donating their blood or signing up to be an organ donor. Many countries have tried to correct this issue with solutions such as adopting an opt out approach to organ donation rather than opt in. There has also been extensive advertising campaigns to encourage people to donate blood. But, still, numbers are dwindling so more extensive measures might need to be taken. Alarmingly, doctors have even suggested that driverless cars could have an impact on number of organ donations. The message here is simple. Fewer car accidents will mean more people will die waiting for organs. As such, in the future, it’s entirely possible that organ donation will be made compulsory in the coming years.
It’s clear then that there are plenty of challenges for the medical industry in the next few years. But are we prepared for them? Time will tell.