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Future medical technology breakthroughs will build from the incredible progress made in nanotechnology, biotechnology, computers, the information learned from deciphering the human genome and other scientific and technical areas.

Here are some of the futuristic medical devices and technologies that exist, are in development or are predicted. Predictions made by visitors are in green.

  • Brain-computer interface
  • Care giving robots
  • Computer aided diagnosis
  • Drug delivery devices
  • Regenerative medicine, replacement organs
  • Emotional/physical control devices
  • Slowing or stopping aging
  • Drug delivery devices
  • Gene therapy/manipulation
  • Home/self monitoring & diagnosis
  • Minimally invasive procedures
  • Molecular and genetic diagnostics
  • Neural Stimulation
  • Organ replacement / growing organs
  • Personalized drugs
  • Robotic surgery
  • Bioengineered devices
  • Virtual medicine
  • Extended/eternal life
  • Synthetic life
  • Repairing/manipulating DNA
  • Organ replacement / growing organs
  • Designer babies / designer bodies
  • Personalized drugs
  • Gene therapy/manipulation
  • Biostasis - Cryogenic sleep
  • Human cloning
  • Virtual/robot medicine
  • Instant pain relief
  • Biosensors - implanted or in clothing
  • Bionic implants to allow for extreme strength
  • Morphing of the human body
  • Age reversal
  • Creation of organisms
  • Synthetic organs
  • Enhanced senses
  • Alteration of our bodies in superhuman ways
  • Bionic limbs
  • Use genes of other animals to implant in us
  • Artificial immune system
  • A capsule that can be swallowed which will cure all diseases
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Living Longer

According to Google Public Data, a child born in the United States in 2008 can expect to live over 78 years. But some futurists believe that a child born today, might actually live forever.

Living Longer

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Personalized Medicine

Pharmacogenomics is the study of how an individual's genetic inheritance affects the body's response to drugs. The term comes from the words pharmacology and genomics and is thus the intersection of pharmaceuticals and genetics.

Pharmacogenomics holds the promise that drugs might one day be tailor-made for individuals and adapted to each person's own genetic makeup. Environment, diet, age, lifestyle, and state of health all can influence a person's response to medicines, but understanding an individual's genetic makeup is thought to be the key to creating personalized drugs with greater efficacy and safety.


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Babies Growing Outside the Womb

Artificial wombs are mechanisms that are used to grow an embryo outside of the body of a female. Could this be the future of reproduction for humans? Scientists at Cornell University have grown mice embryos in man-made, bubble shaped wombs. 

Artificial womb

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Health Watch

The house call is back. Doctors can already gather your glucose from their gardens and check your liver from the links (though your butt may come after the putt). Remote medical monitoring will be commonplace in the future and it promises to benefit both physicians and patients by saving time and money.

Remote Medical Monitoring

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Pandemic Research

Influenza viruses are classified as type A, B, or C based upon their protein composition. Type A viruses are found in many kinds of animals, including ducks, chickens, pigs, whales, and also in humans.

The type B virus widely circulates in humans. Type C has been found in humans, pigs, and dogs and causes mild respiratory infections, but does not spark epidemics. Type A influenza is the most frightening of the three. It is believed responsible for the global outbreaks of 1918, 1957 and 1968.

Can technology protect us from the flu?

Pandemic Research

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Smart Pills

smart pill

The SmartPill is an ingestible capsule that measures pressure, pH and temperature from within the entire GI tract and wirelessly transmits that information to a data receiver worn by the patient.

The SmartPill

Philips' intelligent pill

On sale, smart pill with edible microchip


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Regenerative Medicine

Imagine a world where there is no donor organ shortage. Where victims of spinal cord injuries can walk, where weakened hearts are replaced. This is the long-term promise of regenerative medicine, a rapidly developing field with the potential to transform the treatment of human disease through the development of innovative new therapies that offer a faster, more complete recovery with significantly fewer side effects or risk of complications.

Regenerative Medicine

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Nanotechnology and Medicine

Nanomedicine is promising great things, including great advancements in the treatment of cancer. Imagine swarms of nanobots swimming through your veins, repairing cells or attacking viruses. On second thought, get that image out of your mind, it's a bit creepy. Just close your eyes and wait for the healing to begin.


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Future of Medicine Articles, Blogs and Web Sites

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Future Medical Technology Articles
Title Source Date
Bionic reconstruction Gizmag 03/15
Improved artificial blood vessels printed by 3D bioprinter KurzweilAi.net 01/15
Glowing new nanotechnology guides cancer surgery, also kills remaining malignant cells Phys.Org 01/15
Man Survives Rare Cancer Thanks to New 'Targeted' Therapy Good Morning America 09/14
A 'nanosubmarine' that could deliver drug molecules to cells KurzweilAi.net 07/14
Researchers develop new antibacterial fabric RMIT 05/14
Scientists develop world's first light-activated antimicrobial surface that also works in the dark University College London 03/14
Tiny motors controlled inside human cell BBC 02/14
Study: a blood test for all cancers could be nearer than we think Wired 01/14
New artificial cartilage mimics strength and suppleness of native cartilage KurzweilAi.net 12/13
Researchers build muscle in diseased mice, create human muscle cells in a dish Medical Xpress 11/13
A multifunctional nano carrier to detect, diagnose, and deliver drugs to cancer cells KurzweilAi.net 11/13
Genetic errors identified in 12 major cancer types Phys.Org 10/13
Simple urine test uses nanotechnology to detect dangerous blood clotting Phys.Org 10/13
Database of disease genes shows potential drug therapies Medical Xpress 10/13
Electronic tattoo monitors brain, heart and muscles NSF video 09/13
First "Breathing Lung" Transplant University of Pittsburgh 03/13
The Future of Medicine Is Now WSJ 01/13
What will your next body be like? Futurizon 12/12
Breakthrough nanoparticle halts Multiple Sclerosis Northwestern University 11/12
The Measured Man The Atlantic 06/12
Digital Doctoring WSJ 02/12
Toyota unveils health-care robots CBC News 01/12
Computer could act as doctor's assistant CBC News 01/12
Surgical robots The Economist 01/12
Darpa: Do Away With Antibiotics, Then Destroy All Pathogens Wired 12/11
Synthetic blood could be used in transfusions in just two years Daily Mail 10/11
Biological computer destroys cancer cells Phys.Org 09/11
Researchers create nanopatch for the heart Brown University 05/11
Bionic hand for 'elective amputation' patient BBC News 05/11
New Type of Drug Kills Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Technology Review 04/11
New Molecular Structures Could Fight Infectious Diseases Better than Conventional Antibiotics IBM 04/11
Heart damage improves, reverses after stem cell injections in a preliminary human trial Phys.Org 03/11
Advances in nanotechnology enable targeted drug delivery KurzweilAi.net 03/11
Smart contact lenses for health and head-up displays New Scientist 01/11
Trial begins of polypill that could prevent heart attacks and strokes The Guardian 01/11
Now I See You Kurwzeil.net 11/10
A cure for the common cold? Kurwzeil.net 11/10
From eye to brain: Salk researchers map functional connections between retinal neurons at single-cell resolution Salk Institute 10/10
New Chip Captures Hard-to-Find Tumor Cells Technology Review 10/10
New nanoparticles could improve cancer treatment MIT 10/10
New treatment activates death program in cancer cells NSF 09/10
Hand-held detector aims to diagnose disease New Scientist 08/10
Biosynthetic corneas restore vision in humans Phys.Org 08/10
Building a Substitute Pancreas for Diabetics Technology Review 06/10
Memories are made of this Phys.Org 06/10
Breathing New Life into Old Lungs Technology Review 06/10
'Grow-your-own' organs hope after scientists produce liver in lab from stem cells Daily Mail 06/10
Suffocate, Freeze, Reanimate Wired 06/10
Plastic Antibodies Fight Toxins Technology Review 06/10
Students Develop Device to Help Blind Maneuver Science Daily 06/10
Air Force Treating Wounds With Lasers and Nanotech Wired 05/10
Super Accurate Radiation Robots Kill Cancer Cells and Leave Healthy Ones Untouched (Video) Phys.Org 05/10
Self-Assembling Gold Nanoparticles Use Light to Kill Tumor Cells Phys.Org 05/10
Seeing Tongue, Spray-On Skin, Transplanted Hand Wired 04/10
Researchers Find Way To Protect Healthy Cells From Radiation Damage Science Daily 10/09
Advances In Medical Technology: What Does The Future Hold? Science Daily 06/09
Nanosensor Arrays 'Smell' Cancer Phys.Org 04/09
Microbot motors fit to swim human arteries Phys.Org 01/09
Nanotubes Sniff Out Cancer Agents in Living Cells Phys.Org 01/09
The Future Of Health Care Forbes 12/08
Biomedical researchers create artificial human bone marrow University of Michigan 12/08
Lab-on-a-Chip Made of Paper Technology Review 05/08
The Healthy Skinny Pill Technology Review 04/08
Future medical devices UF 07/07
Helping the blind to see (video) Science Daily 02/07


Future Medical Technology Web Sites and Blogs
Title Description
3D Human Body Maps HealthLine
Assisted-Walking Robots Honda
Body Browser Google
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering NIBIB


Description Sources
Bionic Limbs -- Science of Innovation NSF


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