Gradually, the year is coming to an end, and the New Year’s Eve Ball would soon drop in Times Square. So, there’s no better time to look back at the highlights that made 2018 better. Here’s our top five inventions that made a world of difference in 2018.
A Smartwatch That Predicts Epileptic Seizures
Epileptic patients are unaware of what the next few seconds would bring. Would they have a seizure or not? The recent approval of a smartwatch by the FDA would bring a striking change for people living with the disorder. The design of the watch allows it to detect subtle changes in the body of its wearer, and to determine when a seizure is about to happen. The device places an automatic call to the wearer’s caregiver once it detects conditions that would lead to a seizure.
Genetically Modified Mosquitoes That Could End Malaria
Various scientists started researching ways to end malaria. And in 2018, they decided to achieve this by modifying the genetics of mosquitoes. With a potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives, this innovative step would have a lot of impact in the future. As a result of the impact that it is projected to have, it has gained a lot of financial support, including a 4.1 million dollar investment from the Gates Foundation.
US Hospitals Are Working Together To Fight High Drug Costs
The cost of prescription drugs has been on the rise for several years. And this has strongly affected people seeking for medical care as well as their families. This has been very disturbing, and as a result, some hospitals swung into action. In a bid to improve patient’s welfare, and slash the costs of prescription drugs, they formed Civica Rx – a drug company. Currently, up to one-third of US hospitals have gotten involved or indicated interest.
Healthcare Workers Upgrade A Tool That Fights World Malnutrition
Malnutrition can now be detected with the use of a simple armband. Due to the design of the equipment, children had to travel down to get treatment from a healthcare center upon diagnosis. 2018 birthed a new and improved armband, which came off the efforts of the International Rescue Committee. Now, children can get help around where they live. This innovation has a lot of potential. Results from the initial trials were good; they were able to reach out and help more children.
Better Data To Help Refugees
Before you proffer solutions to any problem, you need to have complete knowledge of what you’re dealing with. This also includes the world’s refugee crisis. In an effort to understand this problem, the United Nations Refugee Agency in conjunction with the World Ban Group formed a Joint Data Center on Forced Displacement in 2018. This step is aimed at obtaining data, and using it to get a better understanding of refugees, in order to provide them with improved support in their places of refuge.