When healthcare is involved, prevention is often the most effective means of treating diseases and conditions that could potentially cripple a person for life. As technology advances, so does our ability to predict, catch, and offer early treatment for certain diseases and health issues. Take a look at some of the newest cutting-edge advancements in preventative care that could have a huge in years to come:
The Mouth-Kidneys Connection
Your breath says a number of things about you, but researchers are currently investigating the link between oral odor and kidney disease. By treating the cause of bad breath and using it as a sign that something is wrong with your body, kidney disease can be caught in the early stages where the body can repair the kidneys. Nurses and dental assistants can now consider chronic bad breath as a red flag for more deeply-rooted issue in the body, and further investigate the problem. Kidney problems can often be tough to detect, so this advancement would lead to longer, happier life for the patient without the need for a transplant.
Yoga and Pregnancy
Yoga has shown to have various benefits for just one body. Practicing it can lower your blood pressure, make thoughts easier to form, and provide an active way to remove stress. A recent study found that yoga can be used to improve the outcomes in both low and high-risk pregnancies. It reduces the rate of failed pregnancies and gives the child a better ability to utilize oxygen and other nutrients by improving the mother’s health.
The Integration of Patient Care with Mobile Technology
One of the most amazing advancements in preventative care has been something that enables patients to learn more about their health, to schedule appointments with their doctor, and to receive reminders for preventative care such as screenings—mobile applications designed for patients.
These have enabled patients to better utilize the wealth of information pertaining to diseases they are uniquely at a greater risk of acquiring. They can then mitigate these factors to reduce these risks substantially, which in turn reduces the appearance of preventable diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Enhanced Home Care
The most influential factor in treating potential diseases is detecting them while they are still relatively small. The challenge in doing so exists with regularly screening patients whom may only be able to afford one appointment every three to twelve months. With enhanced home care, in-home nurses and professionals can make frequent visits, or keep a watchful eye on patients, which increases the changes of an early diagnosis.
Provisions for home-centered health care has enabled better detection rates for women at risk for cervical cancer. This same methodology can be applied to other diagnostic tests to further improve both how often they can be taken, and the outlook for the patient.
Every individual’s body is unique, which in turn makes any ailments unique—due to how that specific body reacts to them. Personalized medicine is an emerging field that aims to revolutionize the way doctors and nurses treat patients. Tests, pharmaceuticals and even treatment plans are being developed for the individual rather than just the disease.
In terms of preventative care, personalized medicine is making it possible for patients to receive therapy that can prevent diseases born from both foreign agents and genetic anomalies from developing.
Preventative Medicine: The Key to Treating Health Conditions and Diseases
As technology continues to evolve, so too will the number of methods available to prevent diseases and to treat conditions before they become permanent in patients. By increasing individual knowledge, offering new techniques for screenings, and changing the very way we look at how to treat health conditions, the number of newly diagnosed cases of preventable diseases should decrease, until treating a disease is synonymous with preventing it in the first place. The information for this article was provided by the professionals of Solutionreach patient relationship management, who specialize in patient engagement solutions for medical clinics.
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